The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has been called in to investigate a dangerous accident that took place in a manufacturing plant last month.
On July 2, 2012, an employee at JR Engineering was cleaning a machine used to cut steel tubes. JR Engineering, “manufactures and sells precision components for companies like Ford, Lockheed Martin and the United States government.”
The woman had her hair properly tied back to prevent injuries from occurring. Nevertheless, her hair got caught in the machine, which pulled her in near the component that cuts the tubes.
The woman screamed for help, as she could not reach the stop button meant for just this type of situation. As the woman told WEWS-TV, “Luckily, I have a big mouth and a loud voice, so they could hear me over the machine.”
After 20 minutes, emergency workers were able to release her from the machine. She then spent eight hours in surgery, where physicians were able to stop the bleeding by grafting skin from her legs. Tragically, the machine not only pulled out all of her hair, but also took off her scalp.
The woman will never be able to grow hair on her head or eyebrows. She faces a long road to returning to a normal way of life, with large medical bills to cover the treatments necessary to save her life.
When an individual is injured on the job, he or she may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to help alleviate some of the financial pressure associated with the injury, such as loss of wages and medical bills.
OSHA will now conduct an investigation to determine whether the employer was in compliance with safety regulations.
Source: Huffington Post, “Monica Thayer Loses Scalp in Ohio Industrial Accident,” David Moye, July 26, 2012.
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