Arkansas hosts Amputation Prevention Stand-Down Sept. 14-29

Safety event aims to raise awareness of amputation hazards

Posted September 6, 2017

The Arkansas Department of Labor (ADOL) will hold the third Amputation Prevention Stand-Down September 14-29, 2017. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of amputation hazards in the state.

ADOL says machine guarding is consistently one of the most frequently cited violations by the OSHA Little Rock Area Office. Further, since OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule modifications went into effect on January 1, 2015, the Area Office has received an influx of reported amputations throughout the state. Employers are required to report workplace amputations to OSHA within 24 hours.

Arkansas was the first state to sponsor an Amputation Prevention Stand-Down. ADOL anticipates the event to reach more than 10,000 workers in at least 20 individual stand-downs. Earlier stand-downs in 2015 and 2016 drew 25,000 participants in 16 different states.

ADOL aims to improve worker protection and reduce amputations, which are preventable debilitating injuries and life-altering events. Companies may participate in the Amputation Stand-Downs by stopping work and discussing topics such as machine guarding or lock-out/tag-out. Employers should provide information to workers about hazards, protective methods such as machine safeguarding, pullback devices, restraints, two-hand controls, and the company’s facility-specific safety policies, goals, and expectations.

The stand-down provides an opportunity for employers to conduct activities such as employee training; perform safety audits of machinery where amputation hazards exist; correct any identified machine guarding hazards; and review their lock-out/tag-out procedures.

ADOL will recognize participating companies with an OSHA certificate. A free kick-off event will be held on September 13, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Little Rock. Visit oshastanddown.org for more information and to sign up.


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