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Massena teen severs arm in restaurant kitchen accident; in critical condition at Mass General

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MASSENA — A Massena teenager remained in critical condition in a Boston hospital Saturday after he severed his arm in a kitchen accident in the restaurant where he was working.

Brett M. Bouchard, 17, was cleaning a large pasta-making machine at Violi’s Restaurant, 209 Center St., about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Massena police. He severed his right arm at the elbow, said Mia Violi, a restaurant manager.

After being taken to Massena Memorial Hospital, Mr. Bouchard was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital for surgery. He remained in critical condition as of 3 p.m. Saturday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Further details on his condition were not available Saturday.

A nursing supervisor at Massena Memorial Hospital said the hospital contacted Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., but that hospital, which is about 140 miles away, could not accept the case, so the hospital made the decision to contact Massachusetts General, which is about 350 miles away. The nursing supervisor described the scene as “mass chaos.”

“We’re all still in shock. One of our employees severed his arm last night,” Ross Violi, who owns the restaurant with his brother Dominic, said Friday.

No further information about the surgery was available.

Restaurant employees are trying to figure out how the machine turned on while Mr. Bouchard was cleaning it, Ms. Violi said.

It was unclear whether the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration would investigate.

“We are still awaiting word on whether or not an inspection will take place,” agency spokesman Andre J. Bowser said, explaining that the nearest OSHA office is in Syracuse.

“There’s a lot of prayers going out to him,” Ms. Violi said.

According to his Facebook profile, Mr. Bouchard had worked at the restaurant since Jan. 1, 2013.

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