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Equipment failure results in serious injuries to worker

A 19-year-old employee at a manufacturing plant was hospitalized after being found unconscious by a forklift. Some of the 19-year-old's co-workers knew something was wrong when he didn't respond to radio calls. That's when the young man's co-workers searched for and found him. They called emergency responders who quickly airlifted him to a nearby hospital. He was listed in stable condition and it appears he will be alright. However, he did suffer burns and injuries to his arms and hands.

According to the 19-year-old, who says he doesn't remember the incident in its entirety, a strap that was attached to the forklift he was using snapped. As a result, the strap whipped back and hit the young man in the chest.

The incident is under investigation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely be involved. When a work accident happens, OSHA investigates to ensure that the workplace is safe and that no employees (or other innocent people) are at risk. However, it can take a long time for OSHA to launch, or even complete, this investigation. They are a large, and national, organization.

Once their report is complete though, the injured parties could use the information contained in the OSHA report to file civil litigation against a negligent company. So many workers are injured every year, and these injuries could hamper their lives for many months, if not forever. When the victim is a young person, such as in this case, there could be extensive requests for compensation due to the workplace accident.

Source: Arlington Citizen, "Arlington man hospitalized after workplace accident," Leeanna Ellis, Aug. 13, 2014

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