A recent warehouse accident in eastern Pennsylvania resulted in a worker's tragic loss of his arm. The accident happened on Nov. 11 at the Bazzini Holdings warehouse in Upper Macungie Township. According to Berks-Lehigh Regional police, the man had his arm cut off by a machine. The company, which produces candy, fruit and nuts, is best known for supplying peanuts for the New York Yankees. At this point, it is unclear if defective machinery contributed to the incident.
Police report that emergency crews were needed to assist the worker. The 46-year-old man, who lost his arm from the elbow down, was transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest facility by ambulance. It is not known if his arm can be reattached or not.
As many readers of this blog may know, Pennsylvania is no stranger to industrial accidents, which too often result in severe personal injury or even death. While it is not known at this time if this accident was the result of defective machinery, what is known is that this worker is looking at months of rehabilitation and pain and suffering. Because of his severe injury, this individual may need to rely on workers' compensation for financial aid in paying for his medical and recovery costs.
When workers are injured because of faulty equipment or unsafe workplace practices, they may be eligible for workers' compensation payments. In addition to medical bills and physical pain, lost wages are also considered when figuring the appropriate payment due to an injured worker. These payments can help injured individuals meet daily living expenses. Workers who are victims of workplace accidents should not be left to fend for themselves. In difficult times such as this man faces, by law people have a right to physical and financial alleviation.
Source: ydr.com, "Eastern Pa. man loses arm in industrial accident," Nov. 11, 2011