In a recent press release, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it will be stepping up efforts to prevent worker amputation injuries throughout Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. According to the agency's data, manufacturing workers are at a heightened risk for this type of catastrophic workplace injury.
According to the press release, more than 2,600 workplace amputations were reported in 2015 and 57 percent of them were suffered by manufacturing industry workers. These are chiefly caused by wrongful machinery operation.
To help reduce these incidents, OSHA will be conducting a "targeted enforcement phase" that will include on-site inspections and employer evaluations. Working conditions, operations, safety and health programs will all be assessed as part of the enforcement.
"Our focus on amputation hazards reminds employers that safety and health should remain a top priority," says OSHA regional administrator Kelly C. Knighton in the press release. "We can only hope that the focus on this issue will reduce the potential for continued worker exposure to unguarded machines and equipment."
Catastrophic Workplace Injuries
Catastrophic injuries can have devastating effects on workers and their loved ones no matter where and when they occur. These injuries often prevent workers from returning to work, alter their quality of life, and create significant and ongoing medical expenses for workers and their families.
Our firm applauds OSHA's new commitment to preventing these injuries and protecting the long-term health and safety of our valued manufacturing workers. We also recognize their enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which holds employers accountable for their contributions to these serious, potentially deadly accidents.
If you are a worker that has suffered an amputation or any other serious injury while on the job, we invite you to contact our team at Guerra & Farah, PLLC. Our firm is well-versed in the dangers Texas employees face while on the job and what can be done to recover them the relief they deserve when an accident occurs.
Our El Paso personal injury lawyers are ready to hear your story. Request a free consultation with us today.