Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials are worried about a rise in workplace accidents involving dangerous machinery. One such accident took place recently in Bedford Heights, Ohio, when a 28-year-old man working a forging machine lost his fingertip.
An investigation into the Ohio accident revealed that the employer had failed to train workers how to use the forging machines and did not provide adequate equipment for avoiding injuries. Unsafe machinery was not the only problem OSHA found during the investigation. According to OSHA, the company had also failed to train workers on hazardous chemicals and energy control procedures, putting them at risk for serious injuries or fatal work accidents.
After an investigation concluded, OSHA fined the company $80,500 for 23 serious safety violations.
How Common Are Work Accidents Involving Loss of Limbs?
OSHA statistics show that every year, more than 200,000 workers are injured by cuts, amputations and lacerations from operating unsafe machinery without proper training. Accidents like the one in Ohio have become commonplace. Companies are fined more for operating dangerous machinery than any other safety violation.
According to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation in Ohio, losing an arm in our state can provide $193,950 in benefits, which will not cover a lifetime of living costs for most people. Workers that lose limbs may be unable to return to work and struggle to live and support their families.
Contacting a workers’ comp attorney can help injured workers find out what options are available.
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