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Uruguayan Soccer Star Loses Four Fingers in Construction Accident

Uruguayan Soccer Star Loses Four Fingers in Construction Accident

Juan Obelar, a star soccer goalie lost four fingers while doing carpentry work. He was left with only a thumb after a plane machine ripped off his fingers while he was putting wood through it. At the time of the construction accident, he was at home, “doing thing for [his] house,” reported the New York Daily News. (11.6.13)

Obelar, 34, played for national giants Peñarol and Colombian team Millonarios. The loss of his fingers means he must retire and end his career in soccer.

The New York Daily News reported that there is a possibility his hand could be reconstructed.

Occupational hazards for construction workers are many

Many people who do carpentry work have no formal training. No or little safety training combined with any employer failure to comply with basic safety regulations mean carpentry injuries and death are all too common.

Work hazards carpenters face include:

  • Deadly falls: Falls are the leading cause of accidental death in the construction industry, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • Cuts and lacerations: According to OSHA, lacerations are common among workers operating woodworking equipment.
  • Exposure to dust and hazardous fumes: Construction carpentry exposes workers to dusts, glues, acids, and concrete-form oils. Workers report lung impairment and higher-than-average death rates for certain cancers, including lung cancer or a form of mesothelioma.
  • Back strain and musculoskeletal disorders. Carpenters suffer from many types of strains and sprains, including injury to muscles, nerves, discs and ligaments of the lower back.
  • Eye injuries: OSHA said the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that over 40% of eye injuries occurred among craft workers, like mechanics, repairers, carpenters, and plumbers. Almost 20% of the injured workers were employed in construction.
  • Asbestos, silica and lead exposure: Carpenters may be exposed to these dangerous materials, especially when working in old buildings.
  • Electricity. Electrocution may occur when a worker uses power tools in damp or humid weather, or while using electrical equipment or home extension cords on a job site.

Construction-related injuries and construction accident lawyers.

Injuries in construction work are, unfortunately, common. A carpenter’s job usually involves working with serious tools, and a construction accident can lead to severe injury. Injuries can lead to the loss of a job.

Should an injury occur, laws exist to help injured carpenters and other construction workers receive monetary compensation that can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more. An experienced construction accident lawyer can help identify liable parties following a construction accident. The general contractor, subcontractor, or manufacturer of defective equipment may be held responsible.


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