A New York sheet metal mechanic was overjoyed to wiggle his fingers after nearly losing both hands in May while molding a piece of metal. As he told CBS – New York, “I was unclear how the accident happened, but seconds later I saw my hands hanging by threads, threads of flesh.”
Unfortunately workplace accidents often happen quickly, and specialized medical treatment may not always be immediately available.
Luckily for this man, his double hand reattachment surgery was a success, with doctors predicting he will be able to work and play the guitar again. Sadly, the prognosis is not always so good for those who lose limbs on the job.
As Dr. John C. Racy writes in Atlas of Limb Prosthetics: Surgical, Prosthetic, and Rehabilitation Principles, losing limbs is a triple threat. “It involves loss of function, loss of sensation, and loss of body image.”
According to the website Safety Daily Advisor, 5,260 nonfatal workplace amputations occurred in the U.S. in 2010.
Often workplace injuries involving the loss of limbs result from safety violations by employers. And the construction industry is among the most notorious for accidents that seriously injure workers.
A recent report on dangerous jobs in Massachusetts notes that a lack of funds and staff limits the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s ability to enforce workplace safety rules. “Strong government regulations and enforcement – including criminal prosecution– is essential, but often lacking,” the report states.
If you have been hurt in a construction accident, it is important to have an experienced workplace injury attorney working on your behalf. If you have been injured on a construction job in the New York City region, send us a quick message, so we can determine whether you have a case for compensation.