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Georgia plant employee's arm lost in workplace accident

A 27-year-old mam lost his arm in an industrial accident on June 21 in northwest Georgia at the Pirelli Tire North America factory, according to news reports. The report states that the man was working with a machine that processes rubber for use when his arm became stuck.

The plant worker was performing his usual duties when a machine called an extruder caught his arm. The machine pulled on the man's arm and caused a complete amputation of the right arm from the elbow. The injury caused significant blood loss to the victim, but thanks to the quick actions of a nearby coworker, a makeshift tourniquet saved the man until emergency services arrived.

Firefighters were first on the scene and treated the victim for shock. Paramedics were able to stop the bleeding thanks to the makeshift tourniquet. The man, whose name is not being released to the public, was suffering from severe shock before being transported to a local hospital. A representative from the company told the media that they are not releasing any further information about the incident to the public at this time. He said that the company will conduct an internal health and safety investigation. At this time, there is no word on whether the Occupational Health and Safety Agency will be conducting an investigation of its own of the incident.

In a workplace injury, the trauma and loss that a victim faces are enormous. The man involved in the plant incident could face mounting medical bills, painful recovery, loss of wages, permanent disability and a lengthy fight with insurance providers to receive compensation for his injury. A worker's comp attorney can help someone navigate the process of filing a claim following a workplace injury.

Source: RN-T.com, "Pirelli plant employee loses arm in accident", June 22, 2014

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