Worker Files Personal Injury Lawsuit Over Amputated Hand

Worker claims accident at factory caused injuriesAn Alabama factory worker recently filed a lawsuit against some of his managers and coworkers, alleging that the their negligence resulted in an accident at the Whitesell Corporation's Tuscumbia plant that amputated the plaintiff's hand.

Empsie Goodloe's personal injury attorney explained that it is common for workers to name their coworkers as defendants in on-the-job injury lawsuits, according to the TimesDaily.

Safety equipment on machinery that Goodloe was working with had allegedly been removed, causing Goodloe to suffer amputation of his hand, partial amputation of his thumb and a shoulder injury, according to the attorney. 

It was allegedly the defendants' job to make sure this machinery was operating properly and safely, the news provider reports.

There was a recent Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) investigation into Whitesell's plant operations that Goodloe's attorney claims was prompted by Goodloe's accident. The investigation led to more than $3 million in fines and penalties for the corporation, according to the news source.

"Whitesell willfully tampered with the safety mechanisms of its hydraulic forging presses at its Tuscumbia plant to speed up production, resulting in the amputation of a worker's hand," said a prepared statement about the investigation by the U.S. Secretary of Labor.