Worker files lawsuits after severed arm from machine malfunction at packaging plant

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by Charles Miller

A lawsuit has been field on behalf of a worker who lost his arm while operating a machine at a Houston packaging plant. Blas Esteban Solis was working on a machine that applies seams to metal drums when it malfunctioned and severed his arm, according to the lawsuit. The machine malfunctioned and unexpectedly engaged without being manually turned on by the operator according to the lawsuit. Solis’ left arm was caught in the machine and was sawed off above the elbow. The lawsuit seeks damages for financial losses, physical pain and mental anguish, medical expenses, lost wages and court costs.

There are more than 8,000 non-fatal amputation injuries every year in the United States. Such injuries are almost always permanently disabling. We agree with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration that workplace amputations can be prevented by taking the effort to evaluate workplace operations and identify hazards associated with the use and care of any machines

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