A Cook County man is suing his employer after he says he lost his fingers in a machine that cuts holes into metal.
Diego Arriaga says he operated a punch press for Avalos Metal Co. in Oak Lawn in May 2011, but the company neither trained him properly nor complied with local, state and federal regulations, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.
A representative for Avalos Metal Co. could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.
Arriaga “was acting within the course and scope of his employment while operating a punch press” before his fingers were amputated, according to the suit. The documents do not say how many fingers were removed or on which hand.
The suit also contends Avalos Metal Co. didn’t provide its employees a safe working environment and did not properly supervise Arriaga. It seeks in excess of $100,000.
Suit blames company for finger loss
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