A Wisconsin woman suffered an arm amputation in an industrial accident at a food manufacturing plant in Random Lake, Wisconsin, Monday, Oct.9.
The Sheboygan County, Wisconsin Dispatch Center received an emergency call from the Lakeside Foods plant at 9:45 a.m. that a 30-year-old female worker had her arm severed below the elbow.
According to the Sheboygan Press, the dispatch center talked personnel at the scene of the accident through life-saving procedures until first responders arrived at the scene.
The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Random Lake First Responders and EMS crew from Random Lake Ambulance and Orange Cross Ambulance in responding to the accident. The worker was rushed to Aurora Grafton Hospital in Grafton, Wisconsin, then later flown by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than seven U.S. workers suffer accidental on-the-job amputations every day. That figure is almost certainly much higher because it’s based on amputation reporting requirement data collected by OSHA since the beginning of 2015 and does not account for workplace accidents in states with their own reporting requirements and response plans.
Accidental amputations are among the most debilitating and life-altering injuries for U.S. workers. The loss of a limb or even a finger can severely diminish a person’s quality of life in many ways. Amputations can destroy occupations and hobbies; years of painful and emotionally difficult rehabilitation and mastery of prosthetics may consume much of the victim’s time; and the increased dependence and need for assistance can be stressful and costly for amputees and their loved ones.
Amputees may also experience extreme frustration, social isolation, and depression that may need to be addressed with psychological treatment or other therapies, especially in the months immediately following an accidental amputation.
The accidental amputation at Lakeside Foods remains under investigation and authorities have not yet disclosed details of the accident or possible causes.