Amputations caused by workplace accidents impact the victim in more ways than one. If the body part can’t be reattached, the victim must suffer with the loss of fingers, toes, hands or other body parts. Nerve damage can result, leaving the victim in pain or struggling to deal with unusual sensations. Some people may be permanently disfigured and unable to work, while others have to find new ways to enjoy the things they liked to do in the past.
Workers should be protected against operational hazards in the workplace. Machines in particular should have guards in place at all times. There are several kinds, including fixed, adjustable, self-adjusting and interlocked guards, which should prevent amputation injuries if they’re being used correctly.
Guards effectively stop and prevent equipment from operating when a person’s hands or other body parts enter the hazard area. The guard may trigger an immediate stop, which prevents the person from suffering a serious injury. Others set off an alarm or pause production.
Workers who interact with hazards should be trained in how to use the machines with the guards in place. Working around the guards, removing the guards or ignoring safety techniques is hazardous and should be against company policy.
If you’re a victim of an amputation, don’t think that you have to face this alone. It’s important for you to get the care you need to recover. Our website has more information on how you can obtain workers’ compensation or other kinds of damages, so you can focus on getting well instead of thinking about the cost of your treatment.