Losing a limb is an incredibly traumatic thing to go through. Fortunately few workers will ever be in a position to experience it, but those who work with machinery on a regular basis stand a higher chance of experiencing such an incident.
Some of those who are particularly prone to potential hazards that may lead to losing a limb in machinery are those who work on farms and with heavy machinery at all times. Health and safety rules dictate there should be safety procedures in place at all times that will limit the odds of such an accident occurring. However there is the potential for such hazards to occasionally be overlooked, or to be forgotten about in the rush of the workplace.
The key here is clearly to avoid the potential for such accidents to happen in the first place. Toes and fingers can easily be lost if they are put in danger, with crushing injuries particularly common in some instances. For example, steel toe-capped boots can prevent the loss of toes if something is dropped on them, whereas plain shoes or boots may not prevent this. It’s a good example of how preventative action can make all the difference between suffering an injury and staying safe.
What limbs could be lost in accidents such as these?
While rare, these accidents can potentially result in the loss of one or more digits on one or both hands. In some cases a person might lose an arm or possibly a leg. A lot will depend on the machinery involved and how the accident could occur. Thankfully such accidents are rare, but every measure should be taken at all times to make sure no one is the victim of such an accident, since it can be life-changing in so many different ways, as you can imagine.
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Date Published: February 9, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Machinery accident claims