BEXAR COUNTY, Texas—A woman was rushed to a San Antonio hospital Jan.12 after she got caught in a piece of equipment at Andy Garcia Foods processing plant on the north side of the city.
While cleaning a chopper/mixer, the plant worker became lodged in it from the waist down, according to local firefighters who responded to the facility in the 1900 block of Jackson Keller Road at about 4:30 a.m. Firefighters had to remove pieces of the machine to free her.
The victim of the workplace accident has not been identified by authorities. An ambulance reportedly transported her to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.
Authorities have not released any additional details about their ongoing investigation into the incident.
Thoughts on the Workplace Accident at Andy Garcia Foods in Bexar County, Texas
I am relieved to learn this accident did not result in life-threatening injuries. Getting caught from the waist down in a chopper can surely lead to loss of life. This woman is fortunate to be alive. I hope for a full and speedy recovery.
Thinking like a lawyer shifts focus from the scene of the accident to the employment practices leading up to the accident. Clearly, this was a highly dangerous machine that presented serious risks of harm to employees. I wonder if the company had a culture of treating it as such. Did corporate executives implement safety protocols designed to mitigate injury? Did mid-level managers enforce those rules and ensure employees understood the seriousness of compliance. It is easy to enact a rule but quite difficult to enforce. From my experience, unless the organization values safety, front-line employees will cut corners, disregard policy, and put their life at risk to their own peril.
Some folks consider it egregious to hold an employer liable for an employee's harm. However, oftentimes, the employee doesn’t recognize the risk associated with their activities and are simply replicating acts of other employees. An employer that places profit over safety will often foster a culture of unsafe practices. These are the employers that are held liable despite their employees’ actions. An investigation will determine Andy Garcia Foods' practices leading to this accident.
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