Student seriously injured in school woodshop accident

A female student had to be airlifted to hospital after her hand was damaged by machinery.

A female student from the Jackson campus of Salmon Arm Secondary is taken to a waiting air ambulance for transport to a trauma centre. The girl sustained serious injuries to one hand during an accident in the school's woodshop.

A female student from the Jackson campus of Salmon Arm Secondary is taken to a waiting air ambulance for transport to a trauma centre. The girl sustained serious injuries to one hand during an accident in the school's woodshop.

A female student at the Jackson Campus of Salmon Arm Secondary was airlifted to hospital following an accident Tuesday afternoon in the school’s woodshop.

The extent of the her injuries is not known, however, reports indicate the Grade 9 student seriously hurt one hand after getting it caught in machinery.

Emergency services were contacted, and arrived quickly to provide assistance. The student was airlifted to hospital at 2:51 p.m.

Glenn Borthistle, Superintendent of Schools, thanked the ambulance service, the Salmon Arm Rescue Unit, RCMP and Jackson staff for their quick and caring assistance.

Borthistle says the school district is not yet aware of the student’s prognosis.

“But we are hoping for the best. Our thoughts are with the student and the student’s family.”

The school district says shop accidents are very rare in North Okanagan-Shuswap schools and the incident will be thoroughly investigated to determine the cause of the accident.

The woodshop room at Jackson campus is being closed off while the investigation proceeds and students in those classes are being asked to meet in the library today.

The school district is also noting it will be providing counselling services for students and staff members.