Two contractors working at an agricultural equipment maker ended up seriously injured Wednesday in an incident near Racine, Wisconsin.

Two contractors, one 81 years old and the other 65 years old, working for agricultural and construction equipment maker, CNH Industrial America, ended up involved in the incident at the Case Tractor Factory, which the company owns, a CNH spokesperson said.

The workers were removing a chain stuck in the forklift when it toppled over, police said. It appears the two workers suffered critical injuries after they ended up pinned under a forklift.

The South Shore Fire Department and the Mount Pleasant Police Department were dispatched to the Case New Holland Plant at 2701 Oakes Road following a report of a tractor that had fallen onto two people.

Upon arrival, officers found the workers had been pinned under the forks of a forklift.

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By the time first responders arrived at the scene, the machinery had been lifted, allowing them to initiate life-saving measures promptly.

The two individuals suffered significant lower extremity injuries and ended up airlifted to the hospital.

The injuries, while critical, were not life-threatening, officials said.

The company said it is fully cooperating with the investigation.

“Our thoughts are with them (the workers) and their families during this difficult time,” the CNH spokesperson said. “At this time, we are focused on providing support to those affected and ensuring the safety of all our employees and partners.”

It was not immediately clear what caused the incident.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officers responded to the incident, a regional spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor said.


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