Employee Airlifted To Hospital After Industrial Accident
11/11/2019 Workplace Accidents John Whitfield
Industrial occupations involve some of the most dangerous work, and while some incidents might be considered inevitable, many industrial accidents are preventable. Recently, an employee working at Tennessee-based American Wonder Porcelain suffered severe injuries in a recent industrial accident. The worker had to be extricated from a machine after his leg was caught inside, requiring him to be airlifted to a nearby hospital for emergency medical treatment.
Workplace accidents happen when employers, coworkers, and others on the jobsite fail to follow proper workplace procedures, including taking shortcuts, improper handling of materials, misuse of equipment, and more. These accidents also occur when employer training on safety techniques and subsequent supervision are lax or even nonexistent.
“Caught In” Equipment or Machinery
Although safety and construction experts continue to work toward creating more secure workplaces and introducing more safety procedures, machine-related injuries and other such industrial accidents remain a serious concern in labor-intensive industries. When workplace machines and equipment are defective and malfunction, workers can be severely injured. Faulty machines regularly cause workplace crush injuries, bone fractures, burns, and amputations.
The machine-related risks a worker faces depend upon their industry, the type of machinery they work with, and their job duties. The most common activities associated with loss of limb involve an employee working in close proximity to the moving parts of heavy machinery, with all or part of the limb getting caught in the machine. Employees who work around heavy equipment face an increased injury risk every time they go to work.
Common scenarios in which heavy machinery injures industrial workers include:
- Workers caught between or crushed by heavy equipment.
- Limbs or clothing caught in machinery.
- Workers struck by moving heavy equipment parts.
- Slips or falls into unguarded machinery.
Nashville Industrial Accident Lawyers
Employers and third parties have the responsibility of taking every safety precaution necessary to ensure the safety of their employees. When they don’t, the consequences can be catastrophic or even fatal.
Recovering damages caused by industrial injuries involves more than just the amount of your medical bills. If you have been injured at work due to the fault of another, the industrial accident attorneys at Whitfield Bryson LLP stand ready to fight for your financial recovery.