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Man’s arm severed in industrial accident

| Mar 25, 2019 | Workers' Compensation |

When most people think of dangerous jobs, they likely think of police officers and firefighters who actively go toward hazardous situations. While these type of workers do face dangers while completing their work responsibilities, the potential injuries that those working with heavy machinery in California may face are sometimes easily overlooked. In fact, a man in another state recently suffered a serious injury in an industrial accident.

Police were called to National Coating Corp., a company that provides saturation services and related products, during the early morning hours of a day in March. Reports at the time indicated that a man had suffered a severe injury. When police arrived, they reportedly encountered a 66-year-old man sitting in a pool of blood. Part of his left arm was severed.

A co-worker had attempted to create a tourniquet with a T-shirt, but the man was still bleeding. Arriving police officers were able to stop the blood with the use of a tourniquet kit. He was transported to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition but was ultimately transferred to another. Investigators believe that the man was working on a piece of machinery when his arm became caught in a gear, severing it at the elbow.

Unfortunately, the injured worker  likely faces a long recovery as a result of the industrial accident. Once medically healed, he may never be able to return to work in the same capacity. Because such an incident could create significant financial harm to workers, states require that employers provide workers’ compensation insurance benefits that can help injured employees with medical costs and lost wages if they are a victim of such an incident. Because the process can be complicated, injured workers in California often seek guidance from a professional with experience with such cases.