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Cuts, lacerations & amputations

There are many industries where cuts are possible as a result of accidents in the workplace, often involving tools, equipment, and machinery. Unguarded equipment is a leading cause of serious injury.

The risks

Cuts, lacerations, and amputations can result from workplace exposure to common hazards. Safeguarding can help reduce the risk associated with common tools, machinery, and equipment, as shown below:

  • Silviculture hand tools
  • Chainsaws
Hospitality & tourism
  • Knives in a kitchen setting
  • Manual slicers
Wood products manufacturing
  • Radial arm saws
  • Abrasive surfaces
Commercial fishing
  • Knives
  • Hooks
  • Unguarded rotary blades
  • Grinders
  • Materials with sharp edges
  • Conveyors
Pulp & paper/sawmills
  • Cutting tools, axes, knives

How to reduce the risks

Safeguarding and personal protective equipment can help reduce the risk of cuts, lacerations, and amputations. See our resources and related topics for more information.