September 18, 2012
Data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that hundreds of workers are injured in the manufacturing industry each year, resulting in those individuals relying on workers’ compensation benefits or social security disability to get by. One such injury occurred recently when a San Antonio, Texas, worker was hurt on the job Monday.
KVUE News says the incident occurred around 9:00 p.m. at the Bates Containers cardboard manufacturing plant, located on Fischer Road. The Vice president of Bates, Guy Sanders, indicated that the worker was operating an industrial-sized belt pulley when he accidentally stepped into an area he wasn’t supposed to be, where his legs became trapped between two eight-ton rollers.
When rescue crews from Bexar County and the San Antonio Fire Department arrived at the scene, they quickly realized they would not be able to free the man. They then decided to amputate the victim’s leg just above the knee. Within 20 minutes the victim was free and was rushed to a local hospital, where he will recover over the next several weeks.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been called to the scene to investigate the cause of the accident.
The Austin Personal Injury Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers understand how difficult and life changing losing a limb is. That is why the firm would like to wish the man who was hurt a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.