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Amputation Hazards and Injuries Can Be Expensive

Many manufacturers and retail businesses remain at risk are at risk for amputation injuries.  Under the workers’ compensation law, compensation for amputations consists of scheduled loss awards, partial disability awards, temporary total disability awards, and permanent total disability awards, as well as significant medical costs.  In addition, the nature of the amputation may lead to additional medical conditions, which could increase the costs of a claim dramatically.  More importantly, employers must bear in mind that amputation injuries may lead to VSSRs, intentional tort claims, and OSHA penalties, which penalties may arise with or without an injury.  Recently, OSHA fined an Ohio employer $62,400 for exposing employees to amputation hazards, although no injury had occurred.  According to OSHA, amputation hazards are among the most frequently cited violations.  Click here to review OSHA’s Top Ten Most Frequently Cited Standards.  If you have any questions about ensuring a safe workplace, please contact our office by clicking here.

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