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Wood rolling press causes severe on-the-job injury

Not even six months after receiving a fine of almost $12,000, an industrial facility in Perris is again the subject of an investigation by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The company is a manufacturer of wooden frameworks and support structures. The previous investigation concluded that employees without appropriate protective footwear were exposed to the possibility of an on\-the\-job injury due to multiple hazards in the workplace.

To compress wood for the manufacture of support structures, workers have to operate rolling press machines. On a recent Thursday morning, a 47-year-old man was operating a press when a piece of the wood he was feeding into the rollers caught his foot. His right leg was pulled along with the wood and compressed at the same time.

The employee's lower leg was crushed, and his ankle was fractured. According to Cal Fire, the man was trapped in the press, and 11 emergency workers responded to the scene to help extricate the victim. Cal/OSHA investigators will spend some time at the plant to assess the company's safety protocols, review its safety records and interview witnesses, employees and employers.

An on-the-job injury such as this one could cause permanent disability. Pursuing workers' compensation benefits under these circumstances will not be a routine claim, and the help of an experienced California workers' compensation attorney can ease the process. A lawyer can examine medical reports and evaluate the prognosis along with the victim's long-term medical and other requirements. Along with the usual medical expense and wage replacement benefits, the attorney can work on making sure benefits cover future needs.

Source: pe.com, "Worker's leg crushed when pulled into wood compressor in Perris", Brian Rokos, Aug. 12, 2017

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