The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is changing its rules for reporting accidents. In 2014, companies only needed to report accidents when three or more people were injured on the job, as soon as January 1, 2015, injuries will have to be reported every time even one person is hurt on the job, according to Human Resources Executive Online.
“Under the former rules, very rarely would more than three people go to hospital in a single incident, so the new rules can exponentially increase reporting,” said Ed Foulke, former head of OSHA under the George W. Bush administration.
Additionally, the rules governing amputation injuries have changed, so that even the tip of a finger being removed with no loss of bone is technically considered an amputation.
Additionally, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, injury reports will also be uploaded to the OSHA website to encourage companies to stay safe
Staying safe on the job
A potential method for protecting companies from liabilities that come from amputations would be to look at OSHA’s recommended best practices for avoiding amputation. According to OSHA, employers may want to plan out their hazardous machinery rooms in such a way to make sure that if someone accidentally trips, he or she will not fall into a machine and become injured. Additionally, machines should be thoroughly studied by anyone operating them to ensure they are in proper working order before use.
Different machines that can cause amputations include press breaks, printing presses, conveyors, shearing machines, food slicers, drill presses, grinding machines and others. Each of these different machines carries a different risk for how someone could suffer an amputation. Sometimes, the source for the risk of amputation is obvious, but not always. For example, a conveyor belt could trap someone’s arm between a moving part and a non-moving part, potentially amputating someone.
It may be a good idea to study each machine to see if it carries a possibility for amputation, and then to learn about how to safeguard against it.