Ocean City Today

J-1 worker seriously injured Sunday by trash compactor

By Brian Gilliland | Aug 03, 2017

(Aug. 4, 2017) Petr Konig, a 20-year-old J-1 student worker from the Czech Republic employed at the Carousel Hotel, was seriously injured Sunday night after he entered a trash compactor for unknown reasons and the device activated.

Konig was not working at the time of the injury, according to hotel management.

Around 5:45 p.m. Sunday night, Ocean City police and EMS went to the hotel to help extricate the man from the compactor, which had been deactivated by another worker, according to Michael James, president of Hospitality Partners Hotel Management, which operates the hotel.

“He’s very lucky someone was in the area,” James said. “If you remember Sunday night, we were in the midst of a strong storm.”

James said on Tuesday morning that he was monitoring Konig’s condition, and at the last he heard the victim’s condition was still serious, but not life-threatening.

Shock Trauma listed his condition as fair Wednesday morning.

A GoFundMe site has been established to help defray the costs of Konig’s medical expenses.

According to the narrative on that site, Konig broke his pelvis and both his legs.

James said the employee entered the compactor on his own after his shift had ended.

“He was trying to retrieve something. It’s very unusual for an employee to come back [to the compactor] but he felt like he had lost something,” James said.

After Konig entered, the compactor engaged before he could exit.

“As he was trying to get out, there was another employee in the area that heard him and hit the emergency stop button that freed up the pressure,” James said. “He’s got pretty severe damage to his pelvis.”

Konig was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore via Trooper 4, the state police’s helicopter.

“We’re hoping for a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him,” James said.

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