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Amputations are an awful workplace accident. Unguarded and badly maintained machinery are common sources of amputation injuries. Such machinery includes:
- Mechanical power presses
- Printing presses
- Drill presses
- Power press brakes
- Printing presses
- Powered or non-powered conveyors
- Food slicers
- Meatcutting band saws
About Workplace Amputations
Amputations tend to occur when workers are operating unsafe or poorly maintained machines. They can also happen during activities involving handling materials with forklifts, as well as hand tools and trash compactors.
Activities that include stationary devices can also expose workers to hazards, such as:
- Clearing jams
- Adjusting machines
- Cleaning machines
- Setting-up machines
- Threading machines
- Lubricating machines
- Overall maintenance activities
Common Mechanical Hazards that Lead to Amputation Injuries
Mechanical components that can cause amputation hazards include:
- Reciprocating – the up and down or back and forth action could strike a worker or enter an operator between a fixed object and a moving part
- Point of operation – this is the area of a machine where it performs its work on a material
- Rotating – the circular movements of flywheels, couplings, spindles, cams, and shaft ends, as well as rotating collards, can grip clothing or force a part of the body into a dangerous space
- Power transmission apparatuses – pulleys, flywheels, chains, spindles, cams, belts, and gears, as well as connecting rods and various other components that transmit energy are hazardous. Mechanical motion is also dangerous.
- Punching – motion occurs when a machine moves a slide to stamp a material
- Transversing – movement in a continuous and straight line could catch or strike a worker in a shear point created between the fixed and moving objects
- Pinch points – these occur when two parts move simultaneously, and one point moves in a circular motion that rollers, gears, pulleys, and belt drives generate
- Shearing – the movements of a powered knife or slide during metal shearing or trimming
- Cutting – the action produced during boring, millings, sawing, slitting, drilling, and slicing
- Bending – that action that occurs when power is applied to a slide to form or draw metal or any other materials
Machinery Safety Protocols in New York City
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) have certain lockout and tagging standards that include tag-out and lockout devices being affixed to energy isolating devices to de-energize machines. The following rules have to be complied with:
- Training should cover at least three areas: elements of the relevant power control procedure for the employee’s assignment or duties; all aspects of the employer’s energy control program; and the applicable requirements related to the OSHA standards for tag-out or lockout.
- Employers must ensure that overhauled, or new machinery can be locked out.
- Employers must ensure that tag-out or lockout devices can identify individual users.
- Employers have to develop, implement, and enforce a tag-out program if equipment or machines cannot be locked out.
- Employees should be trained to make sure they know and understand the applicable provisions of the energy control procedures and should follow those procedures meticulously.
- Employers must establish a policy permitting only the staff who applied the tag-out or lockout device to remove it.
- Employers must ensure that lockout devices can be locked out. If not, tag-out devices can be used but only if the program provides employee protection that is equivalent to that provided via a lockout system.
- Employers have to provide adequate training for all employees as covered by the standard.
- Develop, document, and then implement and enforce energy control procedures.
- Companies must comply with the extra energy provisions according to the standards when machines or other equipment have to be repositioned or tested, when outside contractors work on the site, during personnel or shift changes, or in group lockout situations.
- Energy control procedures should be inspected annually at a minimum.
- Only tag-out or lockout devices authorized for the particular machine or equipment should be used, and they should be substantial, standardized, and durable.
We Can Help Protect Your Interests If You Experience Machinery Amputation in the Workplace
It is up to New York employers to provide a safe working environment for all their staff. This includes:
- Ensuring machines are correctly maintained
- Ensuring machine guards are intact and are being used
- Ensuring employees receive the right training to operate dangerous equipment
- Ensuring that any hazards are quickly dealt with. For example, spills make floors slippery and raise the risk of workplace injuries.
While workplace injuries are thoroughly investigated by OSHA, it is vital that you have a knowledgeable lawyer on your side to ensure you are protected and receive the compensation you deserve.
Our experienced team at Dansker & Aspromonte will conduct our own thorough investigation of your injuries and the accident to identify responsible parties.
If the machinery was defective, or the injury was the cause of a third party, you might be eligible to pursue compensation. We work tirelessly to ensure your worker’s compensation will cover lost wages, medical costs, and necessary rehabilitation.
- We do not charge fees until we win or settle
- We have a 95% trial success rate
- We aim for maximum compensation for all our clients
We know how quickly the cost of an amputation can add up. That’s why it is important to seek compensation to cover your prosthetics, medical expenses, physical and any other therapies.
Our lawyers have handled many amputation injury claims over the years, so we know just how devastating these injuries can be financially.
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