Welder Awarded $2.4 Million for Amputated Fingers

A welder who lost parts of his fingers while operating a hydraulic press was awarded $2.4 million by a Missouri judge. The plaintiff was represented by Scott Bethune and Wes Shumate of DBJ.

Dylan Harris was told by his supervisor to operate a 9-ton hydraulic press used to bend and shape large pieces of angle iron, despite the fact that Harris had never used the machine before and had received no training or instruction. The hydraulic press had no guard, safety, or kill switch. Harris’ hand was smashed in the machine, resulting in the partial loss of his fingers.

The lawsuit alleged that the injuries were the result of “an extremely dangerous work environment” and the judge agreed. Harris received damages for his medical bills, lost earnings, transportation costs, and pain and suffering, said Shumate.

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