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One of the things that you must think about when you are in the construction industry is staying safe when you are working around equipment. Some equipment, such as power saws, are very dangerous. You have to be sure you can use the equipment safely before you operate it each and every time. If you get injured, you might opt to file a claim for workers' compensation or a third-party lawsuit.

Some equipment might come with a risk of amputation. Traumatic amputations are difficult injuries to cope with. When they occur at a construction site, there is a chance that bacteria and other contaminates can be introduced into the site. This could mean that you will have to deal with an infection in the future.

There are two types of amputations that can occur. One of these is partial amputations, which means that there is still a connection between the two body parts. A complete amputation occurs when one part is completely removed from the rest of the body.

It is sometimes possible for surgeons to reattach a severed body part. This depends on the extent of the damage to the structures in the area. Even though this is probably a major concern, the primary focus of care after the accident has to be stopping blood flow.

Amputations are associated with considerable bleeding. This has to be the first thing that is addressed. Once the victim is being treated, it is possible to package the severed part to preserve it in case it can be attached. This is done by placing a dampened, clean cloth around it. You then place it in a sealed bag and place that bag in a bag of ice. Never place ice on the affected body part directly.

Source: MedlinePlus, "Amputation - traumatic," accessed Sep. 15, 2017

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