New Occupational Safety and Health Administration reporting rules for severe on-the-job injuries went into effect Jan. 1, 2015. They require employers to report hospitalization, amputation or eye loss within 24 hours. In its first year, the requirements brought in about 10,000 new report of injuries, including 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. Manufacturing accounted for 57 percent of the amputations and 26 percent of the hospitalizations. The construction industry had the second highest number of injury reports. OSHA says some companies attempted to cover up workplace accidents, and cited one case in which a manufacturer tried to conceal an entire production line from inspectors who were looking into a report a worker's finger had been cut off. When inspectors arrived at the plant, they found interior doors had been closed, and blocked off by parked forklifts. Lights had been turned off, and workers had been instructed to keep quiet. Inspectors nonetheless found the line, which included equipment with exposed moving parts that could have caused further worker injures. Many other employers, OSHA said, made safety improvements to equipment after accidents occurred.

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