When an individual suffers a serious injury on the job, that individual could face an uncertain future. He or she will likely need treatment for the injury and may not be able to return to work. When such a situation takes place, the injured individual may wish to learn more about his or her options. Similarly, information on workers’ compensation benefits may prove valuable.
One individual in Illinois may be gathering more information on the topic after suffering a severe injury. It was reported that the man was on the job when his hand became caught in a table saw. As a result of the situation, three of his fingers were amputated. Medical professionals were able to reattach his fingers but part of one finger had be to permanently amputated.
The situation resulted in an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The investigation discovered violations due to the company not installing safety guards on the machine that could have prevented the man’s hand getting caught in the saw. An OSHA representative said the injury that the man suffered could permanently affect his ability to work and provide for himself financially. The company was fined $63,000 for the violation.
Because this unfortunate incident resulted in such serious injury for the Illinois worker, he may wish to assess what the situation means for him. He has not been able to return to work since the incident, so it is likely that he will face lost wages and other financial difficulties. As a result, seeking workers’ compensation benefits could be in his best interests.
Source: wqad.com, “Cordova company fined after worker’s fingers amputated on the job“, Shellie Nelson, Sept. 8, 2015