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Amputation Injury Lawyers in Houston, Texas

Amputations commonly occur in industrial settings such as machine shops, metal fabrication shops, wood working facilities, injection molding plants, welding shops, stamping facilities, printing shops, processing plants and conveyor facilities.  In a single year studied by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, there were over 10,000 workplace amputations.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics has found amputations to represent a large percentage of significant major disabling injuries.  The most serious amputations can lead to “bleed-out” and death.  

Numerous factors can contribute to amputations in the workplace, including unguarded machines, lack of proper training, human error, equipment malfunction, and failure to lockout or tagout dangerous malfunctioning or broken equipment.  Types of equipment that commonly cause amputations include power presses, lathes, slicers, conveyors, saws and shears.  

Pulleys, belts, flywheels, connecting rods, chains, gears and other power transmission devices can catch body parts and lead to amputations.  Unguarded circular saws and bands can cause direct contact amputations.  

There are a number of principles that prudent employers, premises owners and manufacturers can employ to diminish or eliminate the risk of amputation, including fixed guards, interlocked guards, adjustable guards, presence sensing devices with emergency shutoff features, protective shields, and awareness and distance devices and strategies.  

Potential negligent parties are non-subscribing employers, third party contractors, equipment manufacturers or designers, process designers, and facility or premises owners or operators.

OSHA maintains a useful machine guarding e-tool at the OSHA website.

If you or your loved one has suffered an amputation in an accident, contact one of our personal injury lawyers today for an initial consultation.

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