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College of Human Medicine


Surveillance Of Work-Related Amputations In Michigan

An amputation is one of the most debilitating injuries that can occur in the workplace. Unlike many other types of injuries, amputations often cannot be fully mended through medical or surgical treatment. Thus, workers sustaining amputations may be forced to make significant physical and psychological adjustments both in the workplace and their personal lives. Work-related amputations may be prevented if high risk groups and industries are identified and this information is provided to stakeholders. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has as its mission to help assure the safety and health of Michigan workers through education and training, consultation and enforcement. Since 2006, the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Division within Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine has reviewed hospital and emergency department records for patients treated for amputations and referred cases meeting designated criteria to MIOSHA for a possible workplace inspection.