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Permanent disability: Father of 4 loses hand in work accident

Only one week after penalizing one company with a fine of $77,000 for safety violations that led to a worker losing a finger, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the completion of another investigation at a different facility. This time, a 34-year-old man, who is the father of four children, was left with a permanent disability after he lost a hand in a workplace accident. This incident happened in another state at a facility of a company based in Colorado.

OSHA investigators determined that the man was attempting to remove something that jammed a machine that was not fitted with safety guards. Moreover, procedures for hazardous energy control were flawed. It was reported that there were no clear steps regarding lockout/tagout procedures, nor were the employees trained in the hazards of energized machines and how to protect themselves.

OSHA also reported that they identified an unprotected conveyor belt as well as a protruding shaft that was not fitted with machine guarding. These were classified as repeat violations, and it was mentioned that similar violations had been found at this company's facilities in other states. An area director of OSHA said this traumatic amputation injury was the direct result of employer negligence.

This worker and his family will suffer the devastating consequences of the workplace accident that caused his permanent disability. Although financial relief is available, such workers' compensation claims can be complicated. Some victims of amputation injuries choose to utilize the services of an experienced Colorado workers compensation attorney. Victims of debilitating injuries may be entitled to additional benefits over and above the typical coverage of medical expenses and lost wages, and the claims may be best navigated by skilled lawyers.

Source: star-telegram.com, "After worker's hand cut off, Cleburne plant fined $49,600 by OSHA", Ryan Osborne, July 1, 2016

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