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OSHA focusing on severe workplace injuries


Although some industries are known for the dangers that their jobs pose to their workers, the workplace conditions in any industry could pose health and safety risks to employees if safety standards are not met in the workplace. While it has been reported that workplaces across the nation have become safer, a recent report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, suggests that workers are still seriously injured on the job. According to this report, in 2015 there were 10,388 severe workplace injuries that were directly related to the workplace conditions. Furthermore, it was reported that these serious injuries led to 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations.

The data for this report was collected from the 26 states that have higher safety standards than those currently mandated by federal regulations. It was found that roughly 30 severe work-related injuries were reported a day. Based on the collected data, the manufacturing industry had the highest rate of accident, accounting for 57 percent of all amputations and 26 percent of hospitalizations occurring in 2015.

The report, which is the result of new regulations requiring companies to report serious workplace injuries within 24 hours, seeks to place a focus on serious workplace injuries. Too often investigations are focused on fatal incidents, and this reports highlights the importance of investigating serious injuries as well.

When workers suffer a serious workplace injury, it is important that they understand the options and benefits that are available. A workers' compensation claim could help the injured worker with losses and damages that resulted from the workplace accident. This could help offset the financial burdens caused by medical bills, rehabilitation, future medical expenses, lost wages and other related damages.

Source: Abc57.com, "Workplace accidents led to nearly 3,000 amputations in 2015," Ahiza Garcia and Patrick Gillespie, March 19, 2016

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