A worker’s hand was mangled in a slicing machine accident in the meat section of a Harlem Costco, according to the New York Post (3/9/2012). Fortunately, the worker’s hand was not amputated, reported the tabloid. Amputations are among the most disabling workplace injuries, explained New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman.
According to New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm, unsafe working conditions, improper machinery maintenance, improper employee training, unsafe conditions, or lack of safety guards/protective equipment can often lead to amputation injuries. Food slicers and meat grinders are among the machinery associated with amputation hazards, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
Approximately eighty percent of injuries caused by working with food slicers resulted in cuts and lacerations. One in 80 of those workplace injury claims was an amputation of a finger or thumb, according to WorkSafeBC. “Whether the amputation is caused by work-related condition, defective machinery or lack of training, the victim may be entitled to compensation claims,” said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman, a personal injury lawyer in New York for over 30 years.
A worker injured in a workplace personal injury accident in New York may suffer lost wages, high medical bills and, possibly, permanent disability. Regardless of the New York workplace accident circumstances, it is important for an employee, injured in the workplace, to consult a New York personal injury lawyer. For more information, please contact the New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm.