Two city workers injured during snow plowing

Two City of Port Orchard public works employees slipped on ice and needed to go to the hospital during the recent winter weather.

Both employees were on the clock when they fell, said public works director Mark Dorsey said. The injuries marked the first time in his four years with the city that workers were seriously injured while responding to a storm.

“It was the ice,” he said. “It was dangerous.”

The first employee slipped off the side of a snowplow Thursday while trying to move sand into the hopper, injuring his shoulder and arm. He was taken to the emergency room at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton.

The other employee slipped on a patch of icy concrete while moving to talk with a county worker. He seriously injured his hip, and was in the hospital for more than a day.

Dorsey said public works employees have suffered injuries before, but never because of a storm’s conditions. Two employees work together on a snowplow, Dorsey said, to help prevent serious injuries.

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