OSHA revises current amputation rules

Manufacturing companies in Texas and throughout the United States are required to ensure that machines are safe to use. This generally means that a machine is properly guarded and that there is a regular maintenance schedule in place. Taking these steps may minimize or eliminate the possibility of an amputation occurring. According to OSHA, an amputation occurs when a person loses some or all of a limb or any other external body part, and all amputations must be reported to OSHA.

In some cases, the loss of a limb or other body part may result in a permanent disability or death. According to an OSHA official, those who maintain or service a machine may be at a higher risk of injury when it is not guarded or maintained. On Dec. 17, OSHA updated its National Emphasis Program (NEP) regarding amputations resulting from workplace accidents.

It is important to note that the NEP does not require employers to do anything differently or impose any new rules on them. Instead, it provides recommendations and other guidance that companies can use to better keep their workers safe. The latest amputation NEP revises current coding requirements for inspections as well as revises current reporting standards. OSHA will be working with employers through March 10 to ensure that companies understand the changes that have been made.

Those who are hurt in a workplace accident may be able to obtain compensation for their injuries. This may make it easier to pay medical bills or to recoup lost wages while out of work. Individuals who are unable to return to work may be entitled to workers' compensation or other disability benefits. An attorney may be able to help a person learn more about his or her rights after being hurt on the job.

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