Little Rock Equipment Accident Lawyers Examine Workplace Amputations in Arkansas
Heavy machinery is used to perform everyday duties for many workers in Arkansas. That’s why the Little Rock equipment accident lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to remind Arkansas workers about the risks of injury and death that these machines can pose.
One of the most common machinery injuries reported in Arkansas today is amputation. So far in 2015, a total of 46 workers have lost limbs after getting caught in a piece of machinery. That’s why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is taking steps towards reducing these types of injuries in our state’s workplaces.
A new law took effect on Jan. 1 that requires any workplace amputation in Arkansas to be reported to OSHA within 24 hours. OSHA also recently issued a press release announcing the “Arkansas Amputation Stand Down” campaign. The program focused on raising awareness about the risks that amputation can pose, as well as what both employees and employers can do to reduce the chances of such an injury occurring while on the job. Officials say they hoped the program would reach as many as 5,000 workers through 15 individual campaigns.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we understand the risks heavy equipment and machinery can pose on a job site. That’s why our Little Rock personal injury attorneys are hopeful this campaign is successful in educating workers and business leaders on the risks of workplace amputation.