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Work accident causes man to lose his ear, suffer head injury

Many hazards exist in workplaces in Iowa, particularly in the construction and manufacturing fields. Machine malfunctions and human error, such as in the case of slip-and-fall incidents, can cause serious accidents -- even if a company strives to train its workers on how to protect themselves. One man in another state recently suffered serious injuries in a sudden work accident involving a tractor.

The accident took place at a company's distribution center. While a 50-year-old worker was in the work yard, a machine struck him. The machine was designed to move items from tractor-trailers onto loading docks.

As a result of the incident, the man broke his leg, officials said. He also suffered an injury to his head and received a deep gash on his arm. In addition, his ear was torn off in the collision. The worker was transported to the hospital via helicopter, and his condition was considered critical there. No criminal charges were filed since this incident was considered an accident by authorities.

Unexpected accidents can easily take place at workplaces in our state, which is why businesses are required to purchase workers' compensation insurance. Workers' compensation insurance benefits provide funds to replace a majority of the worker's income while he or she is trying to recover from any workplace injuries or illnesses. It also provides payments so that the employee can get the medical attention needed. Legal guidance may help a person who has suffered a tragic work accident to pursue the maximum workers' compensation benefit amount in Iowa.

Source: deseretnews.com, "Man's ear ripped off in accident at Layton work yard", , Aug. 13, 2014

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