Data shows 7 work-related amputations occur daily

OSHA reports on injury statistics from new reporting requirement

Posted September 9, 2016

OSHA's severe injury reporting requirement, now in its second year, continues to show a trend of seven reported amputations a day at U.S. workplaces. The injury reports are leading to inspections, citations, and agreements with employers to make changes that to help protect workers from injury.

OSHA conducted an analysis of the first full year of the requirement, under which employers must report any worker's hospitalization or amputation, showed that 2,644 amputations were reported in 2015. So far this year, as of July 31, OSHA has received 1,500 amputation reports. The rate works out to be about 7 amputations per day for both years.

Some resulting inspections found pervasive violations at worksites, but as part of a settlement process, OSHA says employers have agreed to make extensive worksite improvements.

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