After you suffered a construction worker amputation injury, you may be tempted to think that your employer only owes you worker’s compensation. Working with dangerous machines is a hazard of the job, so you can’t expect your employer to continue paying you regularly, right?
Wrong. In most cases, what you are owed depends on the extent of your injury and the level of responsibility your employer assumed for your accident. For instance, OSHA regulations require that all employers develop training programs to educate workers on the safe use of all hazardous machinery. If a worker does not receive adequate training on one of the machines below, he may have a case against his employer.
According to OSHA, the top machines that cause NJ construction worker amputation injuries are:
- Mechanical Power Presses
- Power Press Brakes
- Printing Presses
- Roll-Forming / Roll-Bending Machines
- Shearing Machines
- Food Slicers
- Meat Grinders
- Meat-Cutting Band Saws
- Drill Presses
- Milling Machines
- Grinding Machines
While these may be the machines most commonly associated with amputation injuries, they are by no means the only ways construction workers can suffer the loss of a limb. Portable hand tools, forklifts, suddenly shifting loads, closing doors, manhole covers, trash compactors, and falls from heights can all cause amputation, permanently affecting a worker’s ability to earn a living in the future.
If you suffered an amputation injury on the job, experienced Morristown construction accident lawyer Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., can help you get compensation for your medical bills and lost income. Call (877) 360-0183 today to get answers to all of your legal questions in your FREE consultation, and click the link above to download our FREE electronic book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers Comp Guide.