Many industrial workers in Louisiana work with and among powerful machinery. These tools and machines are necessary for the work associated with the oil and gas, maritime and construction industries, but they also can expose workers to catastrophic injuries like amputated limbs. The loss of a limb can not only impact your independence and quality of life, it can also cost you your ability to work, or at least possibly force you to take a lower-paying job.

Unfortunately, many employers fail to live up to their legal duty to take reasonable measures to minimize the risk of one of their workers suffering a lost arm or leg, as a pair of recent U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigations in other states demonstrate.

Lack of training, safety features to protect workers’ limbs

In one case, OSHA fined a cookie manufacturer after finding the company failed to protect its workers, leading to two accidents where workers suffered amputations. The company was cited for failure to train employees, inadequate guards on the machine, and failure to control hazardous energy sources at its facility. OSHA fined the company $262,000.

In the other case, OSHA fined a window and door manufacturer for similar violations, along with the unreasonable risk of electric shock. Fortunately, it does not seem that OSHA’s investigation was triggered by an actual amputation, so hopefully, the manufacturer will make safety improvements before a terrible accident occurs.

Financial help after a major workplace injury

In a moment, you could lose one or more limbs on the job. From there, you may need workers’ compensation until you receive a prosthesis or otherwise adjust to your new disability. To get the compensation you deserve, you will need the assistance of a workers’ compensation attorney.