Amputation is one of the most
severe and crippling types of injuries in the occupational
workplace, often resulting in permanent disability. A review of Bureau
of Labor Statistics (BLS) annual survey data, National Institutes of
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) data, and OSHA Integrated
Management Information System (IMIS) data indicates that
amputation injuries are widespread throughout many industries and
involve a wide range of activities and equipment.
Approximately one-half of all amputations occur in the
manufacturing sector, while the remaining amputations are
distributed among industry divisions including construction,
wholesale trade, retail trade, services, etc. Stationary and
portable machinery is the primary cause of the amputations.
This eTool focuses on the machines most frequently involved in
amputation and other type of machine related injuries. The purpose of the
eTool is to help employers and employees, regulatory agencies, and other interested parties
recognize and control common amputation hazards associated with the
operation and use of certain types of machines.