Machine shops are notoriously dangerous working environments due to a seemingly endless set of hazards. To make matters worse, when machinists are injured to the point of being partially disabled, they often can no longer work in their profession due to the high level of precision and dexterity that the job demands. If you were injured in a machine shop, either due to a chronic overuse injury or an acute accident that resulted in hospitalization, you must speak with an Anne Arundel County workers’ compensation attorney to acquire workers’ compensation benefits as soon as possible.
A Lot Can Go Wrong in a Machine Shop
Depending on the specific machine shop that you work in, there are many potential hazards to your health. The following are examples of injuries and illnesses that would be covered by workers’ compensation benefits:
- Hearing loss due to chronic exposure to loud noise;
- Mesothelioma caused by long-term asbestos exposure;
- Burns caused by hot metal or machinery;
- Lacerations caused by machinery or other sharp objects;
- Crushing injuries caused by machinery;
- Amputation caused by machinery;
- Struck-by or stuck-between injuries, caused when a large object hits an employee from the side or above, or when an employee gets pinned between a large object;
- Chronic overuse injury in the hands that leads to arthritis or tendonitis;
Lathe Injuries Commonly Involve Amputation
Machine shop injuries tend to be severe and sometimes of a gruesome nature. Lathe injuries are no exception to this rule. Lathes are used to shape metal and require extreme caution at all times. Even highly skilled metal workers can be injured during a moment of inattention, from fatigue after a long day, from lack of proper safety training or standards set by the employer, or from faulty machinery or unsafe working conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) details a few traumatic injuries that occurred in metal manufacturing over the past year as follows:
- While polishing and debarring the metal stem of a lathe, an employee’s left arm was pulled into the rotating stem shaft, causing a shoulder and forearm injury, as well as amputated fingers.
- During the process of smoothing a steel pin that had been machined by a lathe, an employee, who was wearing gloves, go his right hand caught in the rotating steel pin on the lathe. The employee’s hand was pulled into the rotation, ripping his middle and index finger off in the machine.
- An employee removed the back panel of an Okuma MacTurn 550 CNC Lathe while attempting to fix the machine, and was hit by the moving power track of the lathe. The employee suffered lacerations above the nose, eye, back, and neck, in addition to bruising of the chest.
Call Maryland Workers Compensation Attorney Tara K. Frame Today
If you were injured on the job due to an on the job injury, you are entitled to the medical and wage replacement benefits of workers’ compensation. Whether your injury is temporary or permanent, the Pasadena workers’ compensation attorneys of Frame & Frame will help you receive the maximum benefits possible. Call us today for assistance.