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Worker nearly loses arm in Arizona mill accident

An accident can occur in any work environment. Even in a white collar environment, such as an office, there are unexpected occurrences that can result in an employee injury. However, some environments, such as construction sites and mills, generally have more hazards than, say, offices or retail stores. Accidents tend to occur more frequently in these types of environments and when they do, the results can be devastating.

According to reports, a recent accident in Arizona nearly resulted in an employee almost losing his arm. The accident occurred at an Arizona sawmill. The employee, a 19-year-old, was working to clear the area of wood chip debris when the accident occurred. The teen's sleeve became caught in the chain of a conveyor table, causing his arm to be pulled into the machine's sprocket. His right arm rolled in the machine and broke several times, nearly being severed from his body.

Reports say that the machine was immediately shut down once it was discovered that the accident occurred. The manager claims that the 19-year-old had worked at the mill for three months prior to the accident. He also claimed that the young man had received all the required safety training. An investigator from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was assigned to investigate the case.

Even when it is discovered that a worker followed all safety requirements or an employer followed all the OSHA regulations, an injured worker is often still eligible for workers' compensation. Workers' compensation can be used to help cover the many costs associated with a workplace accident, such as medical expenses. An attorney may be able to help an injured worker understand his or her rights.

Source: azdailysun.com, "Mill employee nearly severs arm in workplace accident," Emery Cowan, February 21, 2016

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