Cal/OSHA has issued more than $300,000 in serious citations to two employers after a temporary worker lost two fingers cleaning machinery at a food manufacturing facility in Los Angeles. The worker was cleaning a dough rolling machine when his left hand was partially pulled into the moving rollers and two of his fingers were amputated.
In a recent address to attendees of the National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt expressed the hope that a “turning point” was just ahead in the sometimes-rocky relationship between OSHA and the industry.
In the event that your finger is amputated during an accident, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this advice: Apply pressure to the injured area immediately.
Gently cleanse the amputated part with water (preferably saline).
50,000 new amputations occur every year in the U.S. based on information from National Center for Health Statistics. Ratio of upper limb to lower limb amputation is 1:4. Most common is partial hand amputation with loss of one or more fingers -- 61,000. Next common is loss of one arm -- 25,000.
In less than 60 days, three employee injuries - including one worker who suffered the amputation of three fingers - brought federal inspectors to West Virginia poultry processing facilities operated by Pilgrim's Pride Corp., one of the world's largest chicken producers.
The company that produces cookies and crackers for brands such as Kellogg, General Mills and Nabisco has been cited for safety violations by OSHA, after one of its workers lost part of a finger in a machine.
Company failed to follow machine safety procedures
September 17, 2015
A 45-year-old worker lost part of three fingers when his left hand caught in a table saw at a Cordova company that fabricates reusable shipping containers. Doctors reattached the fingers, but had to amputate the tip of his left middle finger. The employee has been unable to return to work.
Among the articles in the April 2020 issue of ISHN Magazine, we get some expert advice on how to strengthen safety by emphasizing equipment reliability, discuss the methods that really work to identify hazards, consider ergonomic options in the materials handling industry, and much more.