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Man nearly loses thumb in Maryland industrial accident

Industrial injuries in Maryland can take on a variety of forms; this state's diverse range of workplaces can lead to many different types of workers' compensation situations. When workplace leaders fail to implement appropriate safety protocols, employees are bound to suffer for those officials' missteps. Workers can suffer industrial injury because of falls, chemical exposure, mechanical incidents and electrical mishaps, among others. One Maryland worker recently suffered a serious industrial accident in which his thumb was nearly severed.

Information about the incident is relatively scarce, though authorities have told local news sources that the victim was attempting to repair a storm drain when he severely injured his hand. The man is employed by a Washington, D.C., company called W.L. Gary. That firm provides mechanical contracting work throughout the region.

The 48-year-old man reportedly suffered the on-the-job injury at about 3:30 p.m. on March 25 while he was working at a site in Annapolis. The victim was flown to nearby MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. A Maryland State Police helicopter provided transportation assistance.

Officials from the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Department have already begun an investigation into the industrial accident. Information gleaned from that investigation may help prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future. That information may also implicate the man's employer in the accident, however, providing additional evidence for workers' compensation claims.

Victims who have suffered on-the-job injury because of an unsafe work site should not have to suffer in silence. A Maryland attorney may provide additional information about filing workers' compensation claims after industrial accidents. These lawyers will serve as a valuable ally in the fight to obtain workers' compensation benefits from reluctant Maryland employers.

Source: Capital Gazette, "Worker flown to hospital after thumb nearly severed in Annapolis" Ben Weathers, Mar. 25, 2014

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