When you find a job that supports you and your family, you probably want to hold on to it, even if it increases your risk of physical harm. For most, the economic security of having a steady job is worth a little extra injury risk.
Unfortunately, a workplace accident that costs you an arm, leg or even a hand might affect your earning capacity for years or perhaps a lifetime. Most workers associate amputation risks with logging or commercial fishing, but other industries also see worker amputations.
According to a recent article, meatpacking and poultry processing workers are at a high risk of suffering a work-related amputation. Some of the specific hazards employees may face include:
- Contact with moving parts in machinery
- Contact with sharp blades, cutters and grinders
- Contact with conveyor belts or rollers
Getting sucked into machinery is another amputation risk for meatpacking and poultry workers. These accidents can cost employees an arm, leg or other body part.
The construction industry is known for posing many injury hazards, but most do not associate this work with accidental amputation. However, since it often requires hand and power tools, many construction workers have lost a part of themselves to their jobs.
Other amputation risks in this industry include:
- Machinery entrapment
- Construction vehicle accident
- Malfunctioning tools and equipment
Falling objects, particularly those with sharp edges or blades, could also result in limb loss.
Protect your workers’ compensation rights
Fortunately, most employees in New Jersey are covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Those who encounter employer resistance or other problems getting their claim approved may benefit from legal guidance.