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Workers injured after equipment failure causes platform collapse

Workers in many fields in Jasper, and in other cities throughout the U.S., use different tools and equipment in the course of performing their jobs. Disrepair, defects, misuse and numerous other factors can result in tools or equipment malfunctioning, which can easily lead to a serious workplace accident. Often, workers may sustain serious injuries, or can even be killed, in these types of accidents.

According to reports, eight workers were injured recently when the platform they were on collapsed at the Johnson Brass & Machine Foundry in Wisconsin. The workers’ backs and legs were reportedly sprayed with molten brass that was being poured into a centrifuge adjacent to the platform they were on at the time of the accident. It was reported that a “catastrophic failure” of the equipment led to the collapse, but the cause of that failure is still under investigation.

Three of the workers were reportedly treated at a local hospital and then released. Four of the other injured workers were also taken to area hospitals, where they remained at last report. It was not reported whether the eighth work accident victim was also treated for his or her injuries. No other details were disclosed regarding the specific injuries that the workers sustained, or their conditions.

In many cases, when employees are injured on the job, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This could include coverage of any necessary medical treatment and disability pay, among other benefits. Anyone who has been injured in a work-related accident may wish to speak to an attorney to learn more about their rights, as well as their employer’s responsibilities.

Source: Journal Sentinel, “Machine failure blamed for injuring 8 workers at Saukville foundry,” Don Behm, May 20, 2014

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