Employee exposure to unguarded or inadequately guarded machines
is prevalent in many workplaces. Consequently, workers who operate and maintain
machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing
injuries, abrasions, and over 800 deaths per year.
Amputation is one of the most severe and crippling types of injuries in the
occupational workplace, and often results in permanent disability. This *eTool
focuses on recognizing and controlling common amputation hazards associated with
the operation and use of certain types of machines.
*eTools are "stand-alone" Web-based
training tools on occupational safety and health topics. They provide guidance
information for developing a comprehensive safety and health program. Therefore,
they include elements that go beyond specific OSHA mandates, such as
recommendations for good industry practice. As indicated in the
disclaimer, eTools do not create new OSHA requirements.