“Her throat was injured, according to the doctor," the woman's grieving mom said.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on February 4, 2022. It has since been updated.
Trigger Warning: This story mentions fatal injuries which may be disturbing to readers.
A 21-year-old woman who was pregnant died during a job interview after her hair got caught in one of the factory's machines. Umida Nazarova, who was seven weeks pregnant, had applied for a new job at the Svarmet factory, which produces welding wire and electrodes. While the woman was being shown around the factory by a few senior employees, her hair got stuck in one of the machines that were running. The machine was so powerful that she was pulled into it, causing her to suffer a serious head injury, which led to part of her scalp being ripped off, per 7news.com.au.
“Her throat was injured, according to the doctor," the woman's grieving mom, Olga said. “Her hair got wrapped around her neck and she was pulled into the mechanism. If her scalp had not been torn off, she would have been strangled there and then by her own hair."
Nazarova spent 20 days in the hospital, alive, but without gaining consciousness. Eventually, her body shut down as it was unable to recover from the trauma and injuries. “She wanted to become a mother,” Olga continued. “We wanted to celebrate her wedding, and collect a grandson or granddaughter from the hospital, not this. This is not what I wanted for my child.”
As for Nazarova's father, he thinks the accident occurred as a breach of safety rules at the factory. “They took two lives, she was seven weeks pregnant. They saw she had long hair, so why didn’t they give her something to cover it?”
Meanwhile, a statement from the Belarus Investigative Committee says that “An employee, who was showing her how the equipment operates, paused to make a record in a register. When she turned her head, she saw the woman already lying on the floor unconscious, her hair was tangled in the machine.”
Umida Nazarova was touring a factory in Borisov when a machine caught her loose hair. Her mother said her hair "got wrapped around her neck and she was pulled into the mechanism."— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 4, 2022
Nazarova died 20 days later after failing to regain consciousness.
However, a court later sentenced an unnamed plant head of production for “failure to fulfill her official duties due to dishonest and negligent attitude… causing the death of a person.” It was later reported that the deceased woman's funeral was paid in full by the plant.
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