Alarming Amputation Injury Stats in Nebraska

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OMAHA, NE ‒ A review of Nebraska workers’ compensation claims found 42 employees suffered amputation injuries in 2018, and employers failed to report more than 65 percent of those injuries to OSHA within 24 hours, as required.

OSHA is seeking to stop this increase by reminding employers of the requirement to report such injuries.

OSHA’s National Emphasis Program for Amputations targets inspections at workplaces with machinery and equipment that cause, or are capable of causing, amputations.

According to an OSHA factsheet, amputations are some of the most serious and debilitating workplace injuries. They are widespread and involve a variety of activities and equipment.

Amputations occur most often when workers operate unguarded or inadequately safeguarded mechanical power presses, power press brakes, powered and non-powered conveyors, printing presses, roll-forming and rollbending machines, food slicers, meat grinders, meat-cutting band saws, drill presses, and milling machines as well as shears, grinders, and slitters.

These injuries also happen during materials handling activities and when using forklifts and doors as well as trash compactors and powered and non-powered hand tools.

Besides normal operation, the following activities involving stationary machines also expose workers to potential amputation hazards: settingup, threading, preparing, adjusting, cleaning, lubricating, and maintaining machines as well as clearing jams.

Information and resources are available to help employers identify and eliminate workplace hazards, including: