In a press release, OSHA said that amputations most frequently occur during the operation of machinery without adequate safety guards. OSHA said there were more than 2,600 workplace-related amputations in 2015, with more than half suffered by workers in manufacturing.
“The push begins with a targeted enforcement phase, including on-site inspections and a review of employers in industries with machinery that exposes workers to amputation hazards,” the press release said. “Federal safety and health inspectors will evaluate operations, working conditions, record-keeping and safety and health programs to ensure compliance.”
The targeted enforcement will begin immediately, OSHA said.