"Actually going through the machine itself wasn't the worst part about it," Frank Arce told KATU from his hospital bed in Vancouver, Washington. "What was the worst part (was) the not knowing what was going to happen."
Arce climbed into the turned-off machine to remove an object that'd become stuck. Not realizing Arce was inside, a co-worker turned the machine back on. While inside, Arce said he heard the machine's engine turn back on but by that time it was too late to escape.
Arce suffered a broken pelvis, seven broken ribs, a shattered ankle, bruised liver, broken leg, a collapsed lung, a crushed knee, and a deep cut that runs the entire length of his body in the accident. He's expected to remain in the hospital for at least three weeks.
Perhaps the worst part of the ordeal, aside from the gruesome injuries? Arce remained conscious throughout the shredding, which took 10 seconds in total.
Despite the severity of his injuries, Arce is thankful. "There was a thought (that I was going to die) but it was more like something was telling me I wasn't going to die that day," he said. "I felt I had a lot of angels out there with me that day – a lot of people looking out for me."