Severed Ear

Question: While riding in an ATV through a worksite an employee loses control of the vehicle while turning on loose gravel and rolls into a ditch. The employee strikes the side of his head on sharp metal pipe and severs his ear. He receives surgery to reattach the ear as well as prescription antibiotics. Is it recordable?

Answer: YES. The injury was work-related and resulted in medical treatment (surgery) and therefore it is recordable. However, a severed ear does not require a report to OSHA because OSHA does not consider it to be an amputation. Amputations must be reported to OSHA.