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Solutioning Session on Preventing Amputations at Work

Solutioning Session on Preventing Amputations at Work

The Workplace Safety and Health Institute (WSH Institute) in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and supported by the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC) conducted the WSH Institute Solutioning Session – Preventing Amputations at Work on 24 May 2017.  The objective of the session was to identify the root causes of amputation injuries and to collectively brainstorm on possible solutions to reduce such accidents.

25 participants from 18 organisations were involved in the session.  The participants represented management, WSH professionals, Union members, trainers, and members from the WSHC Metalworking and Manufacturing Committee and  Crane Safety Taskforce. The participants were divided into four groups, one for each of the four most common activities which contributed to 50% of these 660 amputation cases.  These were:

  • Cutting;
  • Lifting;
  • Repair & maintenance; and
  • Manual handling.

Each group worked through actual cases to identify the potential causes and possible solutions. For each proposed solution, participants provided further input on its potential impact and effort.

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