It is amazing the way all aspects of the human body work together to allow a person to perform day-to-day functions. An injury to any part of a person’s body can impact how he or she completes necessary tasks to be successful in personal and work tasks. Workplace injuries that prevent a person in California from working can place that person in a shaky financial situation. One man and his family may be suffering after he was injured at work.
The accident happened at approximately 10:45 a.m. one morning in July at a Tyson Foods plant. Officials claim that the 59-year-old male employee’s hand became lodged in a piece of equipment used to grind meat. Several of his fingers were partially severed as a result.
The man was listed in critical condition when he was transported to the hospital. The accident is currently under investigation by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, which typically has up to six months to investigate an accident and issue a report. The facility has a history of such accidents. Another company, Packers Sanitation Service, is currently contesting a fine that resulted from the investigation of an accident that occurred at the same facility and also resulted in an amputation.
It is unclear what impact an injury such as this victim suffered will have on his life. He will likely require extensive medical treatment and miss work as he recovers. Some workplace injuries prevent workers from returning to work in the same capacity, if at all. As a result, all states — including California — require employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance benefits for their employees. Although the benefits are available, people who are unfamiliar with the process often seek guidance from experienced professionals to help ensure fair treatment.
Source: omaha.com, “Tyson Foods plant worker loses fingers; OSHA is investigating“, Jay Withrow, July 23, 2015