Jan. 30, 2013
A worker at a steel plant on the west side of Fort Wayne was left seriously injured as the result of an industrial accident last week. According to The Journal Gazette, the incident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Valbruna Slater Stainless plant on Taylor Street.
Reports indicate the man was performing his normal work duties when his arm became caught in a machine press. His limb was crushed until it was nearly amputated from his body before co-workers could get the machine to unclamp and pull the victim to safety.
Rescue crews were called to the scene of the accident and transported the victim to a local trauma center to receive treatment.
Data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that contact with objects and equipment on a job site was responsible for causing 15 percent of all fatal work-related accidents. Furthermore, iron and steel workers were found to have the sixth highest rate of accidental on-the-job injuries, accounting for roughly 27 workers per 100,000 being injured each year.
The Fort Wayne Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers say that when serious on-the-job accidents occur, workers often need to file for Indiana Workers’ Compensation benefits. However, claims adjusters may not have a victim’s best interests at heart. That is why the firm believes it is vital that an injured worker discuss their case with an attorney immediately.