When you go to work, you expect your employer to keep you safe. You don't want to end up with an injury because he hasn't followed the safety standards required by law. Unfortunately, that's what happened to the people in this case.
A wire manufacturer located in Ohio has been fined $131,000 for incidents in which two workers suffered amputations. According to the news from Dec. 10, the workers suffered partial amputations of the left middle fingers during two different incidents due to the machinery being guarded improperly and safety protocols not being followed.
The injuries drew attention from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration because these were the second and third workers to be injured at the manufacturing site in the last few months. Previously, a worker was killed when he touched a welding machine's live wire.
The fatality and two partial amputations took place within six months, reported the OSHA's Columbus-area director. She states that the company's deficiencies were unacceptable and that safety issues needed to be addressed immediately. With the first amputation incident, the worker used the machinery he was working on to adjust a cutting die. The machine should not have been in use while he worked. The second worker was injured when he was cutting wires with a shear press. The machine didn't have safety guards, causing the man's hands to be exposed to the blades.
If you experience similar injuries while on the job, you can make a claim for the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and replenish lost wages.
Source: WorkersCompensation.com, "Ohio Wire Manufacturer Fined $131K After 2 Workers Suffer Amputations Just Months After Another Employee Was Elecrocuted," Dec. 10, 2015