MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) is urging employers to redouble their efforts in safety training after receiving an increase in reports of amputations.
So far during this federal fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2018, MNOSHA has received 15 reports of amputations — many of which involve the severing of a workers’ hands or fingers.READ MORE: Leech Lake Residents Work To Revive Ojibwe Spiritual Traditions, One Pet At A Time
According to the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), amputations are some of the most serious and debilitating workplace injuries. They are most common when employees operate unguarded mechanical equipment.READ MORE: 6-Year-Old Boy Run Over By Trailer At Tree Farm, Suffers Injuries
MNOSHA is encouraging employers to take immediate steps to reassess amputation hazards in their workplace, as well as offering additional training to their employees.MORE NEWS: Car Fire Injures 1 In Golden Valley
To learn more you can contact MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation at 651-284-5060 or 800-657-3776.