Although work-related amputations occur less frequently than other work-related injuries filed under workers’ compensation, they are often more severe and cost the worker and the employer significantly more time and money. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10,000 workers suffer amputations each year. The most common type of amputation injuries are partial or full amputations of the fingers, thumbs, and toes. Approximately 3% of amputation injuries involve the loss of hands, or arms, and another 3% involve the loss of feet or legs. Two-thirds of workplace amputation injuries occur in the manufacturing and construction injuries.
While traumatic amputations and loss of limbs can occur in almost any type of job environment, most commonly these types of accidents involve improperly or inadequate guarded machinery or equipment, including: