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Machinist suffers on-the-job injury

When a worker has been injured on the job in Nebraska, this can pose a financial hardship on the worker and his or her family. One worker in another state recently suffered an on-the-job injury after working with a machine that did not have safety devices. This incident led to his employer being fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Authorities said the man, 32, was removing rust from one part of a machine run by a computer. The hand of the machinist, who was using sandpaper to do the job, ended up getting caught in the machine. The man's hand was then pulled into the machine's rotating parts and caused him to suffer broken bones.

He had to undergo multiple surgeries as well as rehabilitation. OSHA investigated the matter and discovered that the man's employer had neglected to follow basic rules for machine safety at the plant. The company also received a citation for not creating a yearly illness and injury summary for all of its locations. The company has been fined $71,000.

When people are injured at work in Nebraska, they are typically worried about their recovery and about providing for their family in the meantime.They might also struggle to financially provide for themselves along with their dependents since they are unable to work for a period of time. Fortunately, workers' compensation insurance can help to cover a portion of their regular wages and also enable them to get the medical treatment they need to recover as quickly as possible. It is within the rights of anyone who suffers an on-the-job injury to pursue the benefits he or she needs with legal guidance.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Island Lake company faces $71,000 OSHA fine after worker's injury", Alejandra Cancino, July 1, 2015

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