Amputation is a new target area for OSHA in Louisiana and surrounding states. For manufacturing industry workers, amputation is a serious risk and the cause of more than a 1,400 serious injuries each year. In 2015, OSHA received reports of more than 2,600 amputations nationwide – 57 percent of them suffered by manufacturing workers. Most often, amputations occur when workers operate machines without proper or adequate safety guards. In an effort to stem the tide, OSHA announced today a heightened focus on amputation hazards in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. 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.
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