OSHA: Safegarding Equipment and Protecting Employees from Amputations
OSHA Publication No. 3170: Safegarding Equipment and Protecting Employees from Amputations

Amputations are among the most severe and disabling workplace injuries that often result in permanent disability. These injuries result from the use and care of machines such as saws, presses, conveyors, and bending, rolling or shaping machines as well as from powered and non-powered hand tools, forklifts, doors, trash compactors and during materials handling activities.

This is a 56 page guide that should be read by anyone responsible for the operation, servicing, and maintenance of machines employers, employees, safety professionals, and industrial hygienists.

The first two sections of the document, Recognizing Amputation Hazards and Controlling Amputation Hazards, look at sources of amputations and how to safeguard machinery and control employee exposure to hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) during machine servicing and maintenance activities.

The section on Specific Machinery Hazards and Safeguarding Methods identifies the hazards and various control methods for machinery associated with workplace amputations.


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