Machinery Involved in 58 Percent of Work-Related Amputations in 2018
Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - Work-related amputations resulted in 6,200 cases with days away from work in 2018. That was about 0.5 percent of all the cases resulting in days away from work. Although these types of injuries are not frequent, they resulted in workers taking a median of 31 days away from work to recover. The median recovery time for all types of injuries in 2018 was 9 days away from work.
In 2018, 58 percent of amputations (3,580 cases) involved some type of machinery. Parts and materials were involved in 15 percent of amputations. Tools, instrument and equipment, including powered and unpowered hand tools, were involved in 7 percent.
Machinery used for metal, woodworking, or special material was involved in 1,660 amputations in 2018.