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This Little Piggy Went To … Katy Perry?

Pop singer Katy Perry has been named as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit filed by a former stagehand who needed a toe amputation after an accident backstage during a show in Raleigh, North Carolina. Christina Fish alleges that she was hired by Katy Perry’s managers as a stagehand for the singer’s Prismatic World Tour in 2014. At one point during the Raleigh gig, Ms. Fish was asked to help move a wall. The sliding wall became jammed in the process of moving it. As Ms. Fish and others worked to free it, the wall jumped and rolled over ... Read More

Amputation, Fall Hazards Among 61 Safety Violations at NY Paper Company

A New York paperboard mill faces more than $357,000 in proposed fines for exposing workers to dozens of safety and health hazards, including multiple amputation, falling, and struck-by risks. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regional office in Syracuse opened an investigation of Carthage Specialty Paperboard Inc. on Dec. 27, 2016, in response to a complaint that alleged employees were made to work under unsafe conditions. OSHA inspectors found an astonishing 61 punishable safety violations in the plant, including more than 20 instances of machinery lacking the required safety guards that shield employees ... Read More

Worker’s Finger Amputation Leads To $822K Fine

A worker’s finger amputation on the job proved to be a costly accident for Pennsylvania manufacturer Lloyd Industries, and the way the company handled the situation likely made things worse. An administrative law judge on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission upheld proposed citations against Lloyd Industries of $822,000 after a worker using a machine without the required safety guards suffered an amputation of three fingers on his hand. Whistleblower Retaliation Instead of helping the injured worker, the company, a leading manufacturer of fire dampers and HVAC products, fired the worker immediately after the incident, according to the ... Read More

MBTA Train Conductor Suffers Leg Amputation on the Job

A railroad conductor suffered a leg amputation after falling from a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Commuter Rail train Aug. 7 while performing a safety check. MBTA conductor Donald David, 29, was performing a routine safety check as the commuter train was rolling into Brandeis Commuter Rail station in Waltham, Massachusetts, when something caused him to lose his footing and fall from the train, according to WHDH Channel 7 Boston. The train then ran over his leg. Mr. David, who had worked for MBTA for five years, was taken to the hospital with a serious leg injury that required doctors ... Read More

Amputation, Concussion Among Minnesota School Explosion Injuries

Doctors performed a leg amputation and several concussion screenings on the survivors of a Minneapolis, Minnesota school explosion Aug. 2. A soccer coach who was critically injured in the Minnehaha school explosion is recovering from a leg amputation, while several others are being monitored for concussions and other head injuries similar to combat vets returning home from war. The wife of Bryan Duffey, an assistant boys soccer coach at Minnehaha Academy, said her husband continues to make progress after being critically wounded in the natural gas explosion at the school. He has undergone three surgeries and will have a major skin graft surgery in the ... Read More

Indiana Nail Salons Under Fire for Infection, Amputation Risks

Severe injuries, including a toe amputation, have prompted regulators in Indiana to crack down on a number of beauty and nail salons that may be using dirty razors and scalpels to remove foot calluses. According to The (Muncie, Indian) Star Press, several salons in the Muncie area have been placed on probation as investigators try to determine whether they may be a threat to public health and safety. The Star Press reported that Indiana resident Kenneth Jackey developed a severe infection in his right foot that led to the amputation of his big toe. He says the infection occurred after ... Read More

Man Who Lost Leg in forklift Accident Awarded $17 Million

A southern California man who lost his leg after a workplace forklift accident has been award a $17 million verdict in a lawsuit against PennySaver USA. Steven Meier, a Riverside resident, was a 62-year-old security guard at the Jurupa Valley PennySaver USA in October 2013 when he was struck by a forklift travelling in reverse. His right leg was crushed before he was dragged several feet, then his leg was “degloved” of the skin. A second forklift was required to remove the first one off of him, The Press-Enterprise reported. Meier was rushed to the hospital where he underwent 11 surgeries. He fought ... Read More

Train Conductor’s Arm Amputation Triggers Lawsuit

An accidental arm amputation is the basis of a former railroad conductor’s lawsuit against Pan Am Railways. The lawsuit, filed by former Pan Am Railways conductor Matthew Larson in New York Supreme Court in Schenectady, alleges that the regional railway failed to provide a safe working environment by making sure the tracks were clear of debris, the Albany Times Union reports. Mr. Larson, 22, of Rensselaer County, New York, was on a train approaching a switch to the main line Dec. 15. He was giving a countdown to the engineer when an object, believed to be a tree limb, pulled ... Read More

Work injury, amputation results in $17M verdict

A Riverside, California, man whose work-related injuries led to multiple surgeries and an eventual leg amputation was awarded $17 million by a Riverside Superior Court jury. Steven Meier, 62, a former security guard for Securitas Security Services, was patrolling a PennySaver USA facility in Mira Loma, California, when a forklift backed into him and ran him over in October 2013. The forklift crushed Mr. Meier’s leg and dragged him several feet, tearing the skin from his leg below the knee.  Another forklift was used to get the first forklift off of him. Mr. Meier had to undergo 11 surgeries over ... Read More

Fireworks Cause Amputations, Burns Over July 4 Holiday

A St. Louis, Missouri, man suffered a partial amputation of his hand July 4 after a firework exploded in his right hand. According to KMOV Channel 4 St. Louis, the 22-year-old man told paramedics he lit a firework before positioning it in a launch tube instead of lighting it after it was placed in the tube. The firework detonated in his hand and the blast severed four of the man’s fingers. There is no central database to keep track of fireworks injuries in the U.S. but news reports from across the country indicate that thousands of people sustained fireworks-related injuries, ... Read More