In spite of the safety precautions companies have in place for working with heavy machinery, accidents can still happen. Pennsylvania employees who are injured in these types of accidents often file workers' compensation claims to help cope with the aftermath. One employee now likely faces a long road to recovery after a severe injury by an industrial machine.
The worker was operating a machine at the manufacturing company where she is employed. According to witnesses, the woman's hand and arm became lodged in the machine. It still remains unclear what caused her limb to become entangled. The local branch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating the incident, which is a mandatory regulation for industrial accidents.
The woman's fellow employees attempted to help her immediately after the accident by disconnecting the power to the machine. Firefighters responded to the situation and were able to free the worker within about 17 minutes. Her arm was bleeding heavily, and a tourniquet was applied before she was rushed to the hospital by paramedics.
Due to the severity of her injuries, the worker may not be able to resume work for some time, if at all. She will likely file a workers' compensation claim to attempt to gain financial assistance during this time and afterward. If her claim is successful, she could use the monetary damages she receives to help pay for medical bills and cover lost wages. Any Pennsylvania employees who are hurt on the job may consult experienced workers' compensation attorneys to find out more about filing claims.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "Schick Employee Injured in Industrial Accident in Milford", May 25, 2017