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Industrial accident results in man's head trapped in excavator

After an employee has been injured on the job in Arizona, the last thing he or she should have to worry about is money. Especially in cases of severe injury where surgery is required, the injured worker should be able to concentrate on recovery, not how he or she is going to afford to pay for any required medical treatments. In another state, an injured worker had just such an experience after an industrial accident led to him needing surgery.

An employee of C&D Waste is now recovering from the surgery that was required after a workplace accident resulted in his head getting stuck in an excavator. The incident took place at approximately 3 p.m. on March 15, when the man's head somehow became trapped between the excavator's cab and the arm-like boom part of the device. No one seems entirely certain how the incident actually occurred.

Regardless, employees on site had first aid training and managed to keep the injured worker stable until EMTs arrived. Fire rescue crews were forced to utilize a cutting torch to free him from his predicament. The man's supervisor theorizes that the worker will have a long recovery ahead of him.

Because it was an industrial accident, the supervisor did report the incident to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. While this particular workplace seems, for the most part, to be on the safe side, this is apparently the first major accident that has occurred there in 15 years. Accidents can happen at any time, and not all workers are so lucky to have accident-free workplaces. If any Arizona workers have suffered injuries on the job, a workers' compensation lawyer can help them learn how the system works and understand what options are available to them.

Source:, "C&D Waste employee undergoes surgery, expected to recover", Sarah Rafique, March 17, 2017

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