Workplace safety is a serious concern for many companies in Colorado and elsewhere, regardless of the their field of operation. However, certain professions are inherently more dangerous than others, such as those that require employees to work with heavy duty machinery. Accidents involving machines can have disastrous consequences and in some cases, they may lead to permanent disability. A recent workplace incident in another state has reportedly led to a need to amputate a man’s legs.
According to investigating officials, the incident took place when two workers were performing maintenance on an auger screw conveyor at a foundry. While one of the workers was retrieving a light from within the machine, officials suggest that another employee energized the auger for testing purposes. The worker subsequently became caught in the conveyor, and emergency responders were forced to amputate his legs to free him.
Investigating officials assert that prior to allowing workers to perform maintenance on the machine, the company should have taken the necessary precautions to lock it out and prevent it from being turned on. The company has reportedly been fined just over $283,000 following the incident due to safety and health violations. Losing one’s legs can be a harrowing experience, and those who suffer similar injuries could face a variety of hardships that may last throughout life.
Individuals who are facing permanent disability due to a work-related injury may be eligible to receive financial restitution through the workers’ compensation insurance system. However, since those who experience such injuries may be uncertain how to navigate this system, they could benefit from retaining the services of an experienced attorney. An attorney in Colorado can examine the circumstances a client is facing and assist him or her in pursuing the full amount of compensation available.
Source: pasadenastarnews.com, “Man loses legs in workplace accident at Alhambra Foundry, company fined nearly $300K“, March 7, 2018