A recent workplace accident nearly caused a Colorado Springs barista to lose her arm. While she saved her arm, she couldn’t save her chance to compete at a national coffee competition. Along with being barista, Eliza Lovett has a passion for roasting coffee. However, it was this accident that led to her accident, reports Fox 21. After a roast, she tossed the beans into a cooling tray. Many roasters will take defective beans out the tray, and Lovett is no different. Unfortunately for her, she also happened to be wearing bracelets, which is a safety no-no. One of her bracelets got stuck on a bolt, and as the machine rotated, it took her arm with it.
She’s pretty sure her arm swung around with the machine about five times. In that time, she struggled to free herself, and when she finally succeeded, she was surprised to see her radial nerve holding on to her dangling wrist and hand. Because of the adrenaline rush, she hadn’t felt any pain during the struggle.
“I sort of looked down at my arm…I literally took my hand and tried to put it back together,” she said. She then came to her senses and wrapped it in her shirt. A witness to the accident called for emergency services, and another witness helped with first aid by wrapping a tourniquet. The helpers worked hard to keep her conscious by asking her questions to keep her focused.
It was touch and go as to whether the arm would have to be amputated completely. She says the doctors talked about it, but in the end they saved the hand. While the pain of the arm wasn’t as much as she would have expected, she is certainly pained to have to miss a barista competition that she was going to attend the following week in Seattle. Even still, she says, “It was a week before I was supposed to go compete, but I’m really really lucky to have a left arm.”
While she is expected to recover, doctors don’t believe she’ll be able to get to 100 percent. Lovett plans to try, regardless. “ I do want to prove them wrong. I would love to make a 100 percent recovery and be the miracle girl,” she said. Her advice to everyone is to respect the equipment with which you work, and to “never stick your hand in a cooling tray.”
Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and they can even happen when you’re doing something routine. First of all, it’s important to be vigilant about safety at all times. Secondly, sometimes people get hurt through no fault of their own. If you’ve been hurt, after getting medical attention, contact an accident attorney in Colorado Springs as soon as possible to help protect your interests. They will examine your case and proceed with the best possible strategy to file your claim with the insurance company or even with the court to get the compensation you deserve.

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