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The danger of amputation injuries rises around workplace machinery

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2020 | Workplace Injuries |

Workplace injuries that amputate a limb or require medics to cut off a body part are among the most horrific. They can cause massive and long-lasting psychological damage, as well as severely limiting your ability to work or carry out everyday tasks.

Many types of machinery can lead to limb loss

When you think of machines that could cause you to lose a limb, you may think of chainsaws or bandsaws. However, many types of machinery can amputate body parts. Here are some you may not have considered:

  • Meat grinders
  • Printing presses
  • Metal rollers
  • Conveyor belts
  • Elevators
  • Trash compactors
  • Forklifts

When do amputation injuries occur?

You do not need to be the person who operates a machine to be at risk. Amputations can occur at many points, including when you are:

  • Cleaning a machine
  • Servicing a machine
  • Operating a machine
  • Make accidental contact with a machine

What should your employer do to reduce the risk of injury to their workers?

Employers have a duty to provide you with a safe working environment. These are some things they should do if your workplace has dangerous machinery:

  • Provide adequate training
  • Ensure machines have effective guards and automatic power cut-offs
  • Ensure the power supply is turned off before servicing, clearing or cleaning

As an employee, it is reassuring to know that your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance. It is no-fault insurance. In other words, if you are injured on the job, you are entitled to claim, no matter why the accident occurred or whose fault it was. However, with an injury as serious as an amputation, you may want to investigate other legal avenues as well, especially if you believe someone was at fault.

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