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West Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A worker at a West Columbia chicken plant was injured early morning in an accident at the facility.

A corporate spokesperson for Columbia Farms says the man got his leg caught in one of the machines. The person was taken to the hospital, and the company said he underwent surgery.

The spokesperson says the machine where the accident took place is guarded, meaning there are protections in place to prevent an incident like this from happening.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the patient and his family," said House of Raeford, which owns Columbia Farms. "House of Raeford Farms is taking every measure possible to ensure the safety of our employees, equipment, and operations."

The accident is under investigation by the company and South Carolina Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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