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Ohio company fails to rectify amputation injury hazards

Workers of Ohio companies at which workplace accidents occur at regular intervals will naturally be concerned about safety in the workplace. Although declared unacceptable, some business owners continue to expose their employees to unguarded machines even after amputation injuries occur. A manufacturing company in Toledo was recently cited for similar violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the third time in five years.

After OSHA received an injury report from the manufacturer of power transmissions and bearings in March, it inspected the facility to determine compliance with safety regulations. Investigators reported that a piece of equipment failed, resulting in a worker checking it to identify the problem. While reaching for a part, another unguarded moving part lowered and pinched the man's finger.

According to OSHA, the abrasions he suffered were severe enough to lead to the amputation of a portion of one of his fingers. The other two reportable injuries that occurred at this facility during the past five years also involved unguarded machine parts. OSHA said although most amputation injuries are preventable, 759 workers in Ohio suffered such injuries in 2015.

Amputation injuries can have an significant impact on the abilities of workers to continue their occupations -- even when the tip of a finger is lost. Fortunately, the Ohio workers' compensation insurance program offers support to injured workers. Benefits claims may be filed, and along with compensation for medical expenses and a portion of lost wages, the program offers vocational training to those who need to learn new skills after suffering amputations.

Source: workerscompensation.com, "OH Worker Loses Part of Finger in Unguarded Machine at Bearing Manufacturer", May 26, 2016

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