OSHA says the first year of new employer requirements has generated significant numbers of severe-injury reports. Find out what happens when OSHA learns of an incident and how you may be affected.
Since January 1, 2015, employers have been required to report any severe work-related injury (inpatient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye) to OSHA within 24 hours. The requirement to report a fatality within eight hours did not change. The agency says in the first year, it received 10,388 reports including more than, 7,600 hospitalizations. In most cases, OSHA says it responded “by working with the employers to identify and eliminate hazards, rather than conducting a worksite inspection.”