Last week, an employee of a Chicago-area supermarket got his hand caught in a meat grinder while processing meat. Firefighters were called to the supermarket and attempted to take apart the meat grinder in order to free the man's hand but were unsuccessful. The man was then transported to a local hospital with his hand still inside the grinder.
At the hospital, the medical staff and the firefighters were able to work together to successfully remove the man's hand and control his bleeding. Unfortunately, the man is going to lose all his fingers and may also lose his hand, according to the Orland Fire Chief.
Devastating machinery accidents like this are very rarely caused by human error alone. In some cases, the machine at issue has a defective part or has not been properly maintained. In other cases, the machine's safety mechanism was removed or altered in a way that renders it ineffective. Machinery accidents often result in gruesome, disfiguring, and painful injuries.
As a personal injury attorney, I have represented individuals who have been injured by defective and unsafe machinery. It is important to aggressively pursue manufacturers of faulty equipment that injures innocent people who are just trying to do their jobs.