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Damage to Braces

Damage to Braces

Question: An employee is using an old hammer to bend a piece of sharp metal that is protruding from an old cement wall. The head of the hammer comes loose and strikes him in the mouth, damaging his braces, is it recordable?

Answer: NO. A cracked permanent tooth meets OSHA record keeping criteria. However, damaged artificial devices such as dentures or braces or prosthetics do not have to be recorded on the OSHA 300 log.

Letter of Interpretation: Damage to artificial or mechanical devices, such as dentures, eye glasses, canes, or prosthetic arms or legs, would not be considered an injury or illness under Part 1904.

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