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Company fined for workplace accident that resulted in amputation

A company in another state has been fined for its failure to protect employees from amputation hazards. This fine comes shortly after a workplace accident that left an employee severely injured. While this may have occurred elsewhere, it could easily happen in North Carolina and those who have experienced injuries while on the job may seek compensation for their losses.

According to a recent report, Bekaert Corp. received a citation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for having machines with unguarded pinch points, causing amputation hazards. This is the same issue the company was cited for earlier this year in April. The most recent citation came as the result of an inspection of the property back in July.

While few details of the accident have been reported, it is believed that the injured employee was trying to untangle moving wire when the amputation occurred. This individual's current condition is unknown. As a result of this latest incident, OSHA plans to continue inspecting the facility in question on a frequent basis.  Bekaert Corp. has also been fined over $120,000 and has 15 days to fix the problems listed in the citation or file an appeal.

A workplace accident that results in amputation will forever change the life of the injured employee. Those in North Carolina who are injured on the job may utilize workers' compensation benefits to help get them through the physical, financial and emotional hardships that will undoubtedly follow. An experienced work comp attorney can assist these individuals in achieving the full benefit to which they may be entitled.

Source: workerscompensation.com, "OSHA Finds Arkansas Steel Wire Company Failed Repeatedly to Protect Workers from Amputation Hazards", 2, Nov. 3, 2016

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