Amputations are the most commonly reported injury to OSHA, with injured employees often having been exposed to unguarded or inadequately safeguarded machinery (conveyers, power presses, printing presses, form bending machines, food slicers, food processors, food grinders, band saws, drill presses, milling machines, and shears, to name a few). The job duties for these employees can come from activities you may not suspect, such as material handling, forklift operations, trash compacting, and any action performed during maintaining and cleaning of such equipment.
OSHA has mandated that employers, not machine manufacturers, are required to manage, recognize, identify, and control hazards in their workplace, including:
- Evaluating any mechanical motion that rotates, transverses, cuts, reciprocates, punches/stamps, shears, and/or bends
- Implementing guards that ensure a barrier from body parts accessing a hazardous area and do not obstruct employees' view of required job duties
- Ensuring those guards will interrupt or deactivate if any body part enters the hazard area or if the guard is tampered with or removed.
- Ensuring Lock Out Tag Out is performed during janitorial or cleaning operations, maintenance, machine relocation, or the clearing of jams