Owners of industrial facilities in Illinois and other states must comply with numerous safety regulations that are specifically aimed at protecting factory workers. Industrial employees are often exposed to the dangers of moving machine parts that lack prescribed safeguards. Another typical hazard that could lead to manufacturing accidents is the absence of devices to prevent unintentional startups during maintenance or cleaning of equipment.
An employee at a Schick factory in another state recently suffered an injury that might have been caused by one of these safety violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators are reportedly at the factory to determine the cause of the accident. According to an incident report, emergency workers responded to the facility shortly after 9 a.m. on a recent Thursday.
They arrived to find a woman with her hand caught in the working parts of a machine. Reportedly, 17 minutes passed before firefighters managed to free her. During this time, other medics slowed the bleeding with the application of a tourniquet. They rushed her to a trauma center for the treatment of serious injuries.
Many manufacturing accidents that involve body parts being caught in working machinery lead to amputations. Pursuing the maximum workers' compensation benefits for such catastrophic injuries can prove to be a complicated process. However, help is available from experienced Illinois workers' comp attorneys who can navigate the necessary administrative and legal proceedings. A lawyer may also explore the possibility of coverage for vocational rehabilitation if the injury rendered the employee unable to continue doing the job that he or she performed before the incident.
Source: ctpost.com, "One rescued in Milford after accident in Schick factory", Cedar Attanasio, Tara O'Neill, May 25, 2017