Some injuries suffered at work by those in California can be treated, and after a certain period of recovery, the person can return to his or her life. Other workplace injuries, such as an amputation, will force the person to relearn how to perform multiple tasks in his or her life. Such an injury may even prevent the person from returning to work. Unfortunately, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a recent out-of-state incident that involved an amputation.
The man was reportedly a co-op worker. While many details are unclear, the 28-year-old is said to have entered a grain bin while its auger was still in operation. He reportedly stepped into the open well of the auger, causing serious injury to his leg.
As a result, the man's leg was amputated. A representative from OSHA notes that employees should never enter a grain bin when the auger is in operation. The president and general manager of the co-op has declined to comment on the case other than to say that OSHA officials had not yet been to the site.
The injured man is likely wondering how he will manage working and his day-to-day activities following his workplace injuries; while new technology are allowing those who have suffered an amputation to live their lives with few interruptions, the devices and accompanying therapy could be expensive. Medical expenses in combination with loss of wages could have the victim wondering how he will cope. Fortunately, he may qualify for workers' compensation insurance benefits. Such benefits can provide for a variety of different expenses stemming from an accident at work. To ensure fair compensation, many victims in California request help from a professional with experience with the process.
Source: kake.com, "Ellsworth Co-op worker loses leg in auger accident", Sept. 20, 2016