Workplace accidents are always a significant concern for companies, and in many cases, they are an unfortunate event that leads to a strict review of protocols and safety improvements.
The type of injuries that a worker can sustain in the workplace can range from minor scrapes, bumps, and bruises, to severe cuts, heavy falls, and sometimes amputation.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), amputations continue to be a reality and a severe problem in American jobs. It has been observed that most of them occur due to:
- Lack of personal safety equipment
- Unprotected machinery
- Lack of training and handling of personnel regarding machinery
- Inadequate safety procedures and practices, among others.
Although much has been done to improve workplace safety, these accidents continue to occur, showing that there is still much to be done to protect workers, especially when we realize that most incidents could have been prevented.
OSHA has conducted several investigations regarding safety and health in different companies in the country and has discovered that some of the industries that have more accidents of this type are the following:
- Manufacturing industry
- Construction Industry
- Transportation industries
- Oil and gas extraction
Although we also find amputation injuries in other industries ranging from accommodation and food services to agriculture, fishing, scientific research, and the entertainment industry.
The reality is that a severe accident can happen anytime, anywhere. Sadly, we still find companies that, instead of protecting their workers, are looking to save and cut money to maximize their income, drastically changing their employees’ lives.
It is essential to spare no effort so that each worker can safely return home at the end of the day.