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SEP 2018

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COATINGSPRO SEPTEMBER 2018 31 the analysis. Specifically, if an employee was kept overnight at the emergency room only for the purposes of X-Rays, MRIs, or C AT scans, there is an argument to be made that the employee was hospitalized only for observation as opposed to treatment. However, if those tests revealed further trauma, and the employee was subject to an operation or administered medica- tion, then the overnight stay is most likely defined as treatment and is indeed reportable. If an employee remains at the hospital overnight and is admitted to the operating room for surgery or subject to any procedure beyond bandaging, then the hospital- ization must be reported to OSHA. In summary, an employee taken to the emergency room or clinic for stitches, bandaging, or basic first-aid treatment, which is accomplished without an overnight stay at the hospital, does not fall under a reportable event to OSHA. Conversely, an overnight stay at the hospital that goes beyond observation and results in treatment should be reported to OSHA within 24 hours of the employer's knowledge of such hospitalization. Amputation vs. Laceration W hat is an amputation? W hat is the difference between an amputation and laceration? Our employee shot his finger with a spray gun and injected the coating into his hand. e tip of the finger had to be removed. W hile this next topic is not for the faint of heart, an employer who understands the definition of an amputation and knows when to report such injuries is better prepared to avoid costly OSHA reporting citations. An amputation, in its simplest terms, occurs when an employee suffers the loss of a finger or other appendage. An amputation does not always require the loss of bone. A reportable amputation occurs even if an employee cuts only the tip of any finger in such a way that the end of the appendage is removed or severed. An amputation does not require a complete removal of a finger or other appendage. OSHA and the courts have held that partial removal of a finger shall suffice for a reportable amputation. While OSHA has never truly defined an amputation, the adminis- tration informs us that an amputation is not an avulsion (aka removal of skin from the body), enucleation (aka Safety Watch WE TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF COATING AND LINING YOUR PRE-STRESSED... VULCAN PAINTERS INC. P.O. Box 1010 • Bessemer AL 35021 • Vulcan Painters covers everything concrete, from coatings and linings for wet environments, to secondary containment systems for harsh chemical exposures, to the lining on sewer pipe. We were among the first contractors to earn QP8, SSPC's certification for installing polymer coatings or surfacings on concrete and other cementituous surfaces. Get the extra layer of corrosion protection your concrete structures need! Call Vulcan Painters, 205-428-0556, ext. 735, or email Re ad e r In qui r y at co ati n g sp ro m a m /i n q0918

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