Industrial worker in Layton gets ear torn off

Wednesday , August 13, 2014 - 5:37 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

LAYTON — Police say a man’s ear was ripped off in a major industrial accident at a local distribution center Monday.

Robert Stone, 50, was walking through the work yard of Smith’s Layton Distribution, at 500 N. Sugar St., when a tractor ran him over.

“The machine is used to push the semi-trailers up to the loading dock,” said Sgt. John Holden with Layton police.

Life Flight transported Stone by helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray in critical condition, Holden told the Standard-Examiner. 

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“(Stone) had a broken leg, gash on the arm, a head injury, and ear ripped off,” Holden added. He was in stable condition later that night.

Because the distribution center is private property, police filed the report as an accident and issued no citations to the driver.

“No charges will be filed,” Holden said. “It was just an accident.”

Smith’s issued this statement Wednesday: 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our friend and fellow associate Robert Stone, for a full recovery after this was a rare and isolated accident. We are working closely with local authorities and critically reviewing the circumstances to ensure that our distribution center is a safe place to work for every associate, every day.”

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