Prayers for my cousin and her husband please **Updated**

Prayers for my cousin and her husband please **Updated**

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    Prayers for my cousin and her husband please **Updated**

    Yesterday, I got a call telling me that Jacob, my cousin's husband, had been in a terrible accident and was being Air Life'd to Denver fromm Grant, NE. I left work at noon and was at the hospital with my family until about 9 at night.

    He was working on a farm and his supervisor told him to go clean out a grain auger. While he was doing this, the supervisor must have went to do something else. Another farm hand came up and turned on the auger, not knowing someone was working around the blades...

    Jake has lost all but 6 cm of his left arm just below the shoulder and his right arm was amputated about 3 in below the elbow.

    This is going to be a terribly hard time for my cousin and Jake to work through. We're all thankful he's alive, but naturally, he's pretty depressed. They don't have any money or insurance, so they don't know how they will pay the hospital bills or even how they will make a living from now on.

    I know they are meeting with OSHA today to determine any legal action they can take against the farm.

    Please, if you pray, include them. They are both young. He's about 23, and she's only 21.


    UPDATE:

    I went to the hospital and visited him again today. He's in pretty high spirits after speaking with prosthetic drs. Apparently, they are going to fit him tomorrow with a rudimentary "cup like" limb so he can feed himself and use the TV remote. He'll be getting his final arm for the right side in 2 weeks, but will wait a month or two for the left side. I guess the arms they are going to give him will interface with his nerve endings so that he can move "his" fingers! It's all very Skywalker-esque! The Drs are all very optimistic about his recovery and are forecasting a "successful" adaptation to his new arms!
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    Wow, that's tragic. I'll pass on my prayers to the man upstairs.

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    thanks, high. the entire family is in shock about this.
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    He should sue until the end of time.

    We have simple devices now that completely eliminate any threat of accidental powering up of dangerous mechanical machines. They are so simple, cheap, easy to use that there is absolutely no excuse for this accident to happen. It was pure negligence on part of the farm owners/ operators. PERIOD!

    This is so so so unavoidable it's saddening that it happened.

    Lockout switches, Lockout key, physical block stops.... Some of these are as expensive as a steel bar or an extra key lock or a simple 2x4. I could go on and on...

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    Will pray for sure for them.. That is a hard way to start out life.. How sad,..

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    Your Cousin's lawyer should start this with one simple question to the farm Owner/Operator. "What is your lockout safety procedure for performing routine maintenance on dangerous equipment"?

    That will pretty much shut them up and cause them to offer a settlement immediately. (which they should refuse and then sue for 3x the figure they offer).

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    I hate to hear about things like this...it's been added to my DC list.
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    Sorry for your family, prayers sent.

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    Thanks for the advice, Green. I just got a message they are moving him back into the ICU from the room they put him in last night.
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    Oh dear god. Prayers for sure.
    If you need any advice on the negligence issue from an OSHA regulatory perspective, let me know. Till recently that was my specialty.

    Best wishes.
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    God Bless him and his family!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcon View Post
    Yesterday, I got a call telling me that Jacob, my cousin's husband, had been in a terrible accident and was being Air Life'd to Denver fromm Grant, NE. I left work at noon and was at the hospital with my family until about 9 at night.

    He was working on a farm and his supervisor told him to go clean out a grain auger. While he was doing this, the supervisor must have went to do something else. Another farm hand came up and turned on the auger, not knowing someone was working around the blades...

    Jake has lost all but 6 cm of his left arm just below the shoulder and his right arm was amputated about 3 in below the elbow.

    This is going to be a terribly hard time for my cousin and Jake to work through. We're all thankful he's alive, but naturally, he's pretty depressed. They don't have any money or insurance, so they don't know how they will pay the hospital bills or even how they will make a living from now on.

    I know they are meeting with OSHA today to determine any legal action they can take against the farm.

    Please, if you pray, include them. They are both young. He's about 23, and she's only 21.
    If he was working as an employee on the farm, they are responsible for his medical bills under worker's comp.

    As far as OSHA, this is a clear lock out / tag out violation.

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    Prayers sent for your family... Hang in there
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arko View Post
    Oh dear god. Prayers for sure.
    If you need any advice on the negligence issue from an OSHA regulatory perspective, let me know. Till recently that was my specialty.

    Best wishes.
    Thanks, Arko. We may take you up on that. I'll find out more within the next couple of days.
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    Thanks for the update.

    They will remain in my prayers.
    Keep us posted on updates.
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