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Amputation Injuries & Severed Limbs

Severed limbs occur as a result of unsafe or untrained operations of shears, power presses, conveyors, food slicers, and other industrial equipment. Accidental amputations can also occur during handling of materials, when heavy loads are dropped on limbs, while using forklifts, or other heavy machinery or when limbs get stuck between powered doors.

According to OSHA, some workers are more prone to severed or accidentally amputated limbs than others. For instance, persons who work with rotating machinery and blades that can snag clothing or limbs, machinery that involves back and forth motions with the potential for entrapment, tools used in slicing and punching, or stamping equipment may be more likely to have their limbs caught in the sharp machinery with tragic consequences.

Overview of Amputation Prevention

Hazardous machinery can be found in almost every plant; however, this does not mean that accidents and injuries have to be routine or acceptable. OSHA requires employers to only purchase machinery that has sufficient safeguards installed to protect workers from accidental amputation and severed limbs. If there are no pre-existing safeguards in the equipment, then employers are required to have proper safeguards installed. These safeguards can be in the form of barriers that act as a protective shield by placing a barricade between the worker and the machine.

These should be designed to reduce obstruction and prevent visual interference while the worker is performing his duties. Other safeguards that can prevent accidental amputation are devices that will stop a machine automatically when a worker's hands are at the most dangerous point of operation or prevent the worker from placing his hands in hazardous areas in the equipment. These devices can act to boost the safety features of barriers, thereby preventing severed limbs.

Severed limbs can result not only during operations of machinery, but also during maintenance and start up or wind down operations. In many accidents resulting in accidental amputations, OSHA cites employers who fail to have proper lock out and start up procedures that would prevent accidental starting of the machine while cleaning or maintenance procedures are ongoing. There may also be a failure to train employees about the proper procedures to be followed. Other employer failures can include poor maintenance of machinery and failure to provide safety barriers.

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If you or a loved one were involved in an industrial accident that resulted in an amputation or a severed limb, then it is likely that you have grounds to file a personal injury claim. It, however, is important that you do not attempt to handle this on your own. So give us a call today and learn more about how we can help you fight for the compensation that you need to cover all associated damages such as future and current medical bills, lost wages, and the loss of quality of life.

For help in filing a claim, please contact an industrial injury lawyer from our firm as soon as you can!

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