Worker loses arm in Washington County factory accident

Pennsylvania's industrial workers know that manufacturing plants can be dangerous with plenty of hazards to workers' safety. Although many employers do their best to ensure that all safety measures are taken to prevent accidents and injuries in their workplaces, every now and then a worker is injured in an industrial accident.

Recently, a 63-year-old man lost his right arm below the elbow in an accident at a manufacturing plant in North Strabane Township. According to local news reports, the victim's arm became stuck in a mechanical spindle and was severed when he was attempting to adjust drill bits on a factory machine. The victim was immediately flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment. His condition and extent of injuries were not known.

The accident was reported to the regional office of the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Investigators suspect that loose clothing worn by the worker could have been the reason for the accident, but a final determination will be withheld pending a detailed OSHA investigation.

In the event of a work accident such as this one, a victim is entitled to compensation under the guidelines of the workers' compensation benefits program in Pennsylvania. Benefits include compensation for the costs of medical treatment, temporary and permanent total disability, benefits for specific losses or disfigurements and death at the workplace.

However, even with workers' compensation laws in place, obtaining rightful compensation can be challenging for many victims, especially when they are injured. In the event an accident was the result of negligence on the part of an employer, a victim may also sue the employer for damages caused by the accident.

Source: Observer-Reporter.com, "Worker's arm severed at North Strabane manufacturing plant," Mar. 11, 2014

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