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1 year, 10,388 work-related severe injury reports

Any work-related accident has the potential to cause devastating injuries and dramatic changes for the victim and his or her family. In the blink of an eye, an accident can turn an otherwise normal work shift into a day that changes a person's life. 

In an effort to reduce these catastrophic injuries, agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been working to try and increase workplace safety and make employers more aware of the importance of helping workers avoid accidents. One recent report suggests that while OSHA is making steps toward improving safety in the workplace, there are some situations that persist and continue to threaten the lives and well-being of workers.

Starting back in January 2015, OSHA has required employers across the U.S. to report any incident resulting in a severe injury within 24 hours. Since then, more than 10,000 reports have been filed after workers have suffered injuries like serious lacerations and amputations.

As troubling as this number is, OSHA has been using the new reporting requirement and the resulting reports to take a more active role in investigating the incidents. It has also been working with employers to find ways to eliminate the hazards that led to severe injuries in the hopes of preventing other workers from suffering the same type of injuries.

OSHA reports that in many cases, it has been successful at working with employers to reduce workplace risks. However, there were also cases where employers went to great lengths to try and hide unsafe conditions that contributed to workplace accidents, which is not only dangerous, it violates federal regulations.

While there are efforts being made to make workplaces safer, there are still thousands of people who get severely hurt at work every year. Whether the injuries stem from irresponsible employers or fluke accidents that could not have been foreseen, it can be crucial for injured workers and their families to get the medical, financial and legal support they deserve.

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