On Thursday, March 17, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
released a notice that addressed an increasing yet disturbing trend occurring
in various workplaces. Since OSHA instated a federal regulation that requires
employers to report every severe injury that occurs in the workplace,
employers have, inevitably, reported many more incidents. As a result,
the Labor Department was better able to understand the real dangers that
exist throughout various industries.
But, what is this disturbing trend that the Labor Department noticed immediately? After collecting reports, OSHA’s Labor Department saw an excessive
amount of fingertip amputations among employees using food slicers. In
fact, according to recent statistics, 2,644 people suffered amputations
in workplaces in 2015.
Yet, even with these new regulations and requirements in place, many OSHA
representatives believe employers are not accurately reporting the amount
of injuries that occur in workplaces. The Assistant Secretary of Labor
reports that the true number of incidents may be twice as high as the
number of incidents actually reported.
How Will OSHA Address this Issue?
The Assistant Secretary of Labor states there are not enough inspectors
for the amount of workplaces in every industry. Because OSHA only employs
about 2,500 inspectors and there are up to 8 million workplaces, it is
impossible for every workplace to receive personal attention and attendance
from OSHA. As a result, OSHA representatives state it is important for
employers to conduct thorough inspections and incident investigations
to prevent future dangers and injuries.
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