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Man hurt at work in factory accident

When people suffer injuries on the job in Tennessee, this doesn't just affect them physically. It may also affect them emotionally and financially, particularly if they can't return to work for a long period of time. One man in another state unfortunately was seriously hurt at work following an accident at a factory.

The accident involved a man who ended up being crushed between a couple of machines. These two machines were an electrical box that was stationary and a transfer paddle that had been activated. The man suffered many pelvis fractures as a result of the accident, authorities said. The injuries happened because the factory lacked sufficient procedures for protecting its workers against moving parts of machines during maintenance or service, according to authorities. The company also did not train its employers on correct machine lockout steps or on how to recognize dangers, officials said.

The U.S. Labor Department recently announced that a whopping 22 major safety violations had been found at the factory where the worker was injured. Many of the dangers that workers at the site were found to face included not only crushing hazards but also fall and amputation hazards. The factory could be required to pay penalties of more than $90,000 as a result of these violations, government officials reported.

When workers are hurt at work, they may understandably be worried about whether they'll be able to recover quickly and head back to the job site in a timely fashion. Workers' compensation insurance can often feel like a lifesaver for these workers, as it results in benefits that replace a portion of their wages during their recovery time. It is within the rights of an injured employee to pursue legal guidance so that he or she obtains the right amount of benefits needed in Tennessee.

Source: wkbn.com, "OSHA: 22 Vallourec citations; worker crushed, injured in Feb.", , Sept. 10, 2014

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