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Amputation in Wisconsin Jennie-O plant result of safety violations

Sacrifice comes with every job. Sometimes, it may feel like one is sacrificing his sanity while he waits in rush hour traffic to get to his job every day. A Wisconsin worker of the Jennie-O Turkey processing plant experienced a much more tangible loss as a result of his work.

More than a year ago, the worker was reportedly cleaning a machine at the plant when something went wrong. The employee's arm got stuck on part of the industrial machine and was cut off. As a result of the workplace accident, the man was left without his arm and with a case against his employer.

As with any work accident, OSHA took over an investigation of the incident. Recent reports declare that the group found Jennie-O violated 18 different safety regulations. According to earlier reports of the accident, the victim's arm got stuck on a part of the machine that should have been turned off at the time. Also, there were no workers nearby the victim to render help to him in a timely manner.

OSHA has ordered the company to pay a $238,000 fine for its various safety violations. It is undisclosed whether the victim of this incident sued his employer following his accident and serious loss. Amputations certainly can keep workers from being able to return to their jobs and support themselves. Workers' compensation exists for situations like this, and our law firm has experience fighting for those benefits.

Source: WXOW 19, "Jennie-O ordered to pay $238K after safety accident," Kacey Persson, Jan. 3, 2013

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