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Fireworks Plant Fined After Blast Causes Worker’s Hand Amputation

A Pennsylvania fireworks manufacturer will pay nearly $15,000 in fines for serious safety violations, some of which resulted in a blast that caused a worker to suffer an accidental amputation of both her hands. The accidental amputation occurred at the Celebrations Fireworks plant in Slatington, Pennsylvania, on June 30. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which investigated the company in response to the accident, said that a worker was inserting a match fuse into a fireworks charge when the product detonated. According to LehighValleyLive.com, OSHA documents say “the fireworks exploded and both of the employee’s hands were amputated.” ... Read More

Food Plant Fined After Third Accidental Amputation in Three Years

A food processing plant in Pasco, Washington, faces more than $90,000 in fines for serious repeated safety violations after a worker had his finger partially amputated by moving machinery. The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) said that it cited Freeze Pak, a division of Oregon Potato Co., for six safety violations with fines of $92,400. The fines were issued after a plant worker’s accidental finger amputation triggered an inspection. The amputation was the third time in three years that a worker suffered an accidental amputation at the plant. Three of the safety violations involved serious violations for which ... Read More

Worker Sues Food Manufacturer After Double Arm Amputation

A Missouri man who suffered a work-related double arm amputation has filed a lawsuit against his former employer and other parties, seeking damages for the debilitating injuries. According to the St. Joseph (Missouri) News-Press, Brent Sherman of Cameron, Missouri, worked at the Hillshire Brands food processing facility as a sanitation worker responsible for cleaning blenders and other meat-processing equipment. On Feb. 5, 2015, Mr. Sherman was washing the doors of a meat blender made by Cozzini Inc. with a hot water hose when the machine suddenly turned on without warning. Mr. Sherman’s forearms and the hose and its nozzle became ... Read More

Workplace Accidents Often Trigger PTSD in Workers

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness typically associated with combat and violence, but any frightening or disturbing experience that overwhelms a person, no matter who and where they are, can trigger PTSD. Much news is focused on workers who suffer some form of physical injury in the workplace, but seldom do we hear about the mental and emotional injuries that on-the-job trauma causes. For instance, workers who witness an amputation on the job, a crushing or falling incident, an explosion, or some other horrific workplace accident that results in a coworker’s severe injury or death. According to the ... Read More

Multiple BWAY Plants Face OSHA Fines for Worker Injuries

The BWAY plants located in Chicago, Illinois; Homerville, Geeorgia; and North Brunswick, New Jersey, have been fined more than $500,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over multiple worker injuries. In the last five years, BWAY, the maker of plastic and metal containers such as paint cans, has been held responsible for 15 worker amputations. OSHA found one worker whose bones in his hand were crushed by a machine, and three others who suffered amputations due to unguarded assemblies of chain-and-sprocket design, Safety News Alert reports. BWAY, an Atlanta-based company, was slapped with 10 OSHA citations for repeat violations including failure ... Read More

Worker Suffers Arm Amputation at Wisconsin Food Plant

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 ... Read More

Long Island Woman Required Amputation After Festival Accident

A woman who was critically injured by a runaway Army Humvee at a Long Island bacon festival has undergone an arm amputation due to injuries she suffered in the accident. According to the Associated Press, the accident happened Saturday, Sept. 23 when a Humvee the U.S. Army Reserve was displaying at the Long Island Bacon Bash apparently popped out of gear and careened 30 feet down a hill through throngs of people. The U.S. Army Reserve says it is conducting an internal investigation of the accident. “Everyone was running and screaming and we just wanted to make sure that she ... Read More

Amputations Continue To Plague Workers At BWAY’s Chicago Plant

Accidental amputations, a crushed hand, and a series of other debilitating injuries prompted federal safety regulators to hit a Chicago container manufacturer with more than half a million dollars in penalties. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated a BWAY Corporation facility after receiving four separate reports of worker injuries at the manufacturing facility. The investigation resulted in OSHA citing the Atlanta-based company for five repeated violations and five serious safety violations related to machine safety procedures. OSHA found one worker suffered two broken bones in his hand after it was crushed by a piece of improperly guarded equipment. ... Read More

Tow Truck Driver’s Leg Amputated after Tractor-Trailer Hit and Run

Indiana law enforcement is on the hunt for the driver of a tractor-trailer that struck and severely injured a tow truck driver on an Indianapolis interstate Friday before driving off. According to WISH Channel 8 Indianapolis, Jack Deaton, 53, was preparing to tow a disabled vehicle from the right shoulder of Interstate 70 East when a tractor-trailer plowed into him about 2 a.m. Dashcam video from inside Mr. Deaton’s tow truck shows debris flying after impact as the tractor-trailer at fault speeds off down the highway. The truck, described as a black cab with a white trailer, has no visible ... Read More

Double-Amputation Performed To Free Worker From Foundry Machine

Rescue workers had to perform a double leg amputation in order to free a worker who became caught up in a machine last week in an Alhambra, California manufacturing facility. Alhambra Fire Department paramedics arrived at the Alhambra Foundry Co. around 1 p.m. in response to a call for emergency help. The metals manufacturer and fabricator has been operating in Alhambra, about five miles south of Pasadena, since 1923. The paramedics were able to stop the worker’s bleeding and stabilized him, treating him with fluids and pain medication, MyNewsLA.com reported, but ultimately they were unable to free him from the ... Read More