It is fair to say that no worker in the state of North Carolina is prepared to be injured as a part of their job. Despite this, such injuries occur on a regular basis. While in some cases the injuries suffered are minor, in others, they are catastrophic. One such incident occurred earlier this month at a hog plant located in the state.

The work accident occurred as a woman was working with a machine at the hog plant. Her arm was reportedly pulled into the machine. It is believed that her shirt became stuck in the machine causing the incident to occur. The status of the woman’s condition is not known.

Following the incident the facility was shut down for several hours. This likely allowed investigators to assess the area and gather information for the investigation that is expected to take as long as six months to conclude.

Incidents involving worker appendages and machinery can result in the loss of a limb. In the worst case it is possible that a worker could even lose his or her life in the incident. Though specifics regarding the woman’s status are not clear it is almost certain that she will have a long period of recovery, if she is even able to return to work.

Workers need not suffer a catastrophic injury like this one to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. Even more minor injuries could result in a worker being on the receiving end of such benefits for a period of time.

Source: Elizabethtown Bladen Journal, “Woman injured at hog plant in Tar Heel,” W. Curt Vincent, May 2, 2013