"One of the best decisions I had ever made"
- Joseph Lugo
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:
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.