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Avoiding Amputations: How To Eliminate Amputation Hazards And Stay Out Of OSHA's Enforcement Crosshairs

Webinar: ID# 1023533
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About This Course:
Amputations account for some of the most serious workplace injuries. Most often, amputations occur when workers operate unguarded machines such as mechanical power presses, brake presses, conveyors, drill presses and other powered and non-powered devices.

OSHA standards related to amputation hazards have been among the most frequently cited standards of the past several years. Since 2015, employers have been required to notify OSHA within 24 hours of an amputation resulting from a work-place event, and according to OSHA, 2,600 amputations were reported in 2015 alone.

Reports of amputations often result in an OSHA inspection following an incident, which means organization that are not compliant with regulations are likely to end up in OSHA’s crosshairs.

Join us for an in-depth webinar where seasoned safety lawyer Gary Visscher will provide insight to avoid OSHA fines for amputations by providing strategies to identify amputation hazards to prevent further amputations in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:
  • Applicable OSHA regulations for eliminating amputation hazards in the workplace, such as machinery and machine guarding, lockout/tagout, and hand and powered tools
  • The practical impact of recent enforcement actions and citations related to amputation hazards
  • How to evaluate the OSHA NEP targeting enforcement industries, machinery, and equipment where amputations typically occur
  • What OSHA defines as an amputation, including finger tips and the amputations with and without bone loss
  • How to develop a process for properly reporting amputations as required by new OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements for injuries and illnesses
  • Typical sources and causes of workplace amputation incidents including high-risk equipment and jobs
About Your Presenter:

Gary Visscher, Esq.
Of Counsel
Law Offices of Adele Abrams

Gary Visscher is Of Counsel with the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a Maryland-based law practice with a focus on labor and employment law and a national practice in workplace safety (OSHA and MSHA) compliance, regulation and enforcement. He has extensive experience in government and in labor/employment and health and safety law and policy. Prior to entering private law practice, Mr. Visscher served in several senior level, health and safety-related positions in the federal government, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of OSHA and appointments to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. He also served as workplace policy counsel for the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 to1999 and as Vice President of Employee Relations for the American Iron and Steel Institute.
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