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Amputation injury puts factory on list of severe violators

Industrial workers in Ohio rely on their employers to protect them from harm. Factories are hazardous areas with multiple machines and equipment with moving parts that can cause an amputation injury in the blink of an eye. For that reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires company owners to ensure all machines are fitted with lockout/tagout devices and safety guards.

OSHA recently completed investigations into two workplace accidents at a facility in Ohio that manufactures vinyl floor coverings. Both incidents occurred in June and each one involved body parts coming into contact with the dangerous working parts of machines that were unguarded. The lack of protective devices on the machines at this facility caused accidents that changed the lives of two workers forever.

Reportedly, the first incident involved an employee who operated an unprotected tile machine. He needed surgery after contact with working parts left him with a crushed hand. Only days later, another employee was operating the recycling processor when his hand was also caught in the machine. This time, it led to the partial amputation of two of the worker's fingers. After determining that this company failed to fit the necessary protective devices, provide safety training and expose employees to unguarded heights without protection, OSHA put it on the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

When workers in Ohio suffer workplace injuries, they are entitled to seek financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance system. Medical expenses and a percentage of lost wages are typically covered, but additional benefits are available for victims of amputation injuries. An experienced workers' compensation attorney's help may be valuable to get the maximum level of compensation.

Source: military-technologies.net, "Vinyl Floor Manufacturer Faces $514,236 in Penalties for Safety Violations", Ludwik Donimirski, Dec. 21, 2017

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