Amputations and severed limbs are one of the most severe and life-changing injuries an industrial worker can sustain in the workplace. It often results in permanent disability, which changes an individual’s entire life.
These injuries can occur in any number of ways, and across various industries. Amputations often occur when equipment is handled incorrectly, when power equipment malfunctions, or when heavy loads are accidentally dropped or unloaded incorrectly.
Heavy machinery is used in many industries, but especially in construction. It poses a particular risk for amputation during the following activities:
- Machine set-up
- Machine maintenance
- Clearing jams
- Cleaning and lubricating machines
Because mishandled machinery is so dangerous, safeguarding machinery is one of the most important precautions that employers can implement and employees can follow. Barrier guards, tripping devices, and bump switches can all mean the difference between a minor accident and a severed limb. Even when machinery does not come with such safety devices, employers should install them independently, and ensure that they are tamper resistant, secure, and durable.
Safe work procedures and proper training are critical to worker safety as well. Formal, written instructions on how each task should safely be performed should be provided to employees. In addition, employees should be required to wear appropriate attire. Loose clothing, hair, and jewelry can all get caught in machinery and result in serious accidents.
Suffered Serious Injury On the Job? We Can Help
The industrial injury attorneys at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP understand that on-the-job injuries can be life-changing. These injuries are stressful enough without having to deal with workers’ compensation, and the number of other choices you will be faced with. Having an experienced, compassionate attorney on your side means that you will be able to recover the compensation you deserve, and get the help that you need. Contact us for your free case review today.