For manufacturing industry workers, amputation is an enormous risk and the cause of more than a 1,400 serious injuries each year. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration received reports of more than 2,600 amputations nationwide - 57 percent of them suffered by manufacturing workers.
In an effort to stem the tide, OSHA recently
announced a heightened focus on amputation hazards in Arkansas, Louisiana,
Oklahoma, and Texas. The goal is to enforce safety regulations and hold
employers responsible for protecting workers and reducing instances of worker
The push begins with a targeted enforcement
phase, including on-site inspections and a review of employers in industries
with machinery that exposes workers to amputation hazards. Federal safety and
health inspectors will evaluate operations, working conditions, recordkeeping,
and safety and health programs to ensure compliance.
OSHA will conduct a surge of planned
inspections immediately. Area offices will continue to open inspections in
response to complaints, hospitalizations, and fatalities. Contact Terry
Cirone for information about
ISRI safety tools that address machine guarding.