Various safety precautions are put in place in order to prevent injuries at businesses. In the event that precautions are not monitored or adequate safety guards are not in place, injury may result. Employees in Tennessee and elsewhere who suffer personal injury at the workplace may have the right to file workers' compensation claims. Lawyers in the workers' compensation field can assist injured workers throughout this process.
Reportedly, one company recently had two incidents, which resulted in injury to a couple of workers. In the first case, a worker was operating the machinery for which he was responsible when his hand was smashed by one of its moving parts. Officials report that the safety interlock failed to function properly due to damage and therefore disabled the safety precaution.
In the second incident, a worker lost part of a finger in a machine. According to investigation, this occurred when his finger was caught in a pinch point that was unguarded. This company is facing more than $200,000 in penalties for the two serious violations concerning safety guards.
The two men injured through the course of these incidents have the right to file claims for workers' compensation. If these claims are approved, the victims will receive financial compensation for the medical bills and lost wages. Unfortunately, not all workers' compensation claims are approved, and, if that's the case, victims of work-related injuries in Tennessee can seek the assistance of legal professionals. By working with an experienced workers' compensation attorney, these injured workers may be able to gain a better understanding of what their rights are and determine the best way to move forward.
Source: ehstoday.com, "Two Employees in 10 Days Suffer Severe Injuries at Green Bay Manufacturer", Sandy Smith, Jan. 19, 2017