New York City workers sustain all types of nonfatal and fatal injuries on their jobs each year. One of the more severe outcomes of a nonfatal workplace injury is an amputation. According to a report that was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in March 2015, workplace injuries around the country resulted in 2,644 amputations in 2015.
The OSHA report analyzed data that was collected from 26 states with safety regulations that are higher than what is required by the federal government. OSHA found that there were 10,388 severe workplace injuries last year. Among the severe injuries, 7,636 resulted in the injured workers being sent to the hospital.
The most dangerous place to work in 2015 was the manufacturing industry. The OSHA report stated that 57 percent of work-related amputations involved manufacturing workers. Workers in manufacturing positions also accounted for 26 percent of all work-related hospital visits in 2015. Other industries that had especially high rates of work-related injuries included the transportation, construction, oil extraction and warehousing industries. In 2015, new regulations were implemented that required employers to report severe accidents within 24 hours of their occurrence. Despite this rule, OSHA says that around half of all workplace injuries still go unreported.
Most people who have been injured on the job have the right to pursue a claim through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. In some types of accidents, an injured worker may also be able to file a personal injury claim against a negligent non-employer third party. An attorney can often be of assistance to an injured worker in this regard.