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
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:
Information and resources are available to help employers identify and eliminate workplace hazards, including:
- Compliance assistance for small- and medium-sized businesses.
- On-Site Consultation Program, a no-cost, confidential program to help employers learn about potential hazards at their workplace, and improve safety and health programs.
- OSHA’s Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes small business employers who have used the agency’s On-Site Consultation Program services, and operate an exemplary safety and health program. Acceptance of a site into SHARP is an achievement, and serves as a model for worksite safety and health.
- Safe + Sound Campaign urges employers to develop and implement a safety and health program that includes management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards.
- OSHA’s “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs” offers practical advice on how an organization can create and integrate safety and health programs.
- To report a fatality or severe injury, visit https://www.osha.gov/report.html.