Work is what everyone eventually wants to do. They want to earn a living, make life comfortable, buy things they want, providing for the family, etc. are just some of the reasons why we should work. But what if a particular mishap or accident happens to a person in the workplace? Will work still be possible?

Accidents do not choose a particular time. Accidents do not dictate how severe a situation can get. Mishaps do not pick a place to happen. Unfortunate events do not even choose a person to victimize. We may never be free of an accident happening, and the only thing that we can do is by alleviating its effects.

Some of these accidents are called dismemberments. These are the worse injuries that a worker can potentially suffer. By definition, dismemberments or amputation is the severing of a limb or a body part from the actual body. The most common dismemberments happen on the fingers, hands, arms, legs, and more on the extremities.

In the line of duty, the most common professions where dismemberment happens is in the military, factory assemblies, and construction sites. Soldiers often traverse through minefields that when stepped upon, cause massive damage to the legs and feet. Incendiaries and bullets also contribute to the terrifying risk that Marines regularly face.

Factory workers face heavy machinery and conveyor belts. Arms and fingers are usually the targets of dismemberment. Hapless employees are often the victim of their own negligence when accidents of this type happen.

Workers that specialize in construction have even more hazards to worry about. Simple tools such as a saw can cause a catastrophic way of losing an arm or leg. Nails which can be stepped on, are mistakenly considered as minor injuries. A lot of people disregard the fact that infection can occur with the slightest openings in the skin.

When unfortunate accidents do happen, what should one do to help? Here are some tips to handle the worst effects of dismemberment or amputation does happen.


Before anything else, people should assess the immediate area for any possible hazards that are still present. If the victim is lying on the road, pause and check for any vehicles then carefully go to the victim. Assessment is also critical in identifying injuries. Before moving any victim, look out for any signs of spinal injury.


Plan a route of action to take. Take note of the important details gathered during the assessment. Before doing any action, weigh in on the possible consequences. Will it make the overall situation safe? What about the negatives? Are the outcomes more important than the possible complications?

Securing the amputated part

Most dismemberments are usually met with grim outcomes. This behavior should not be tolerated because there is always a chance that the dismembered body part can be saved. In cases of fingers being cut, store it in a plastic bag and put some ice around it to preserve and prevent blood from leaving it. Doctors can sometimes realign small veins and capillaries should they find it beneficial for the victim.

Stop bleeding at all costs

Always find the wound that causes excessive bleeding. Use a clean piece of cloth as a tourniquet to stop bleeding. Be careful in tying the cloth because tying it too tight can restrict too much blood which can be more damaging than helpful. Make it a priority to stop the blood loss because too much of it will allow shock to set in.

Professional help

Always get professional help when injuries happen. Not just medically, but legally. In the case of an accident caused disability, personal injury lawyers should be consulted. A company can be held liable due to negligence or failure to operate by standard laws. The proper compensation must be given because the damage is permanent and will surely cause difficulties for the rest of a victim’s life.


It is always an unfortunate event when an accident happens in the workplace. What’s even sadder is when that accident causes disability. Dismemberment is a permanent nuisance for a victim because they cannot normally function for the rest of their lives. It causes a lot of distress and grief on their part.

As sad as it is, people should know what to do when such accidents happen. Proper assessments, planning, and first aids could make a difference between life and death.

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Kenneth Hart