When sanitation employee Mark Bonifacio’s arm was sucked right into a road sweeper as he toiled within the Bronx just lately, the part-time jazz drummer had one thought operating by way of his head — he was by no means going to make music once more.
“I used to be praying to God that I didn’t lose my arm,” Bonifacio, 50, stated Wednesday from Jacobi Medical Middle. “I’m knowledgeable jazz drummer and that is completely messing up my plans.”
The 19-year Division of Sanitation veteran broke his humerus bone when the rig pulled his arm into its gears at Balcom Ave. and Bruckner Blvd. in Throggs Neck at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. He suffered nerve injury together with the damaged arm.
“There isn’t a feeling in my entire arm,” Bonifacio stated. “You understand how you are feeling if you go to sleep in your arm — it seems like that. It feels prefer it’s 50 kilos. And a few feeling is coming again however the emotions are painful.”
Bonifacio enjoys writing music for his modern jazz group on his off hours.
“I don’t understand how lengthy I’m going to be out of fee,” he stated. “It hurts like hell. I can’t even drive my automotive as a result of it’s stick.”
For the final 17 years, Bonifacio has been operating a road sweeper within the Bronx.
On Tuesday, he noticed a truck tire in his path. He acquired out of his rig to kick the tire out of the best way nevertheless it acquired sucked up into his machine.
“I used to be reversing, making an attempt to get (the tire) out, nevertheless it wasn’t beneath, it was inside,” he stated. “I went to get my gloves and switch the factor off however I ought to have simply left it alone.”
Bonifacio shut down the sweeper’s flights that pull in dust and particles earlier than eradicating the tire however the object was beneath a lot strain the machine mechanically sucked in his arm as quickly because the tire was freed, he stated.
“I used to be in numerous ache however ultimately I didn’t really feel something as a result of my arm was crushed,” he stated.
Regardless of his damage, Bonifacio, who was working the road sweeper alone, was capable of together with his different hand fish his telephone out of his pocket and name a supervisor, who raced to the scene whereas calling 911 for assist.
“Thank God I had my telephone on me,” Bonifacio stated.
First responders have been capable of free his arm and take him to Jacobi Medical Middle, the place he was scheduled to bear surgical procedure.
“It might be weeks earlier than my nerves can heal,” he stated.