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Do employers have to report fatalities and serious injuries?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for workplace safety. This is something the agency takes seriously, which is why it recently revised its recordkeeping rule.

Many employers wonder what will happen if somebody is injured or dies on the job. This is a tragedy for many people, but it doesn't stop there. The company is responsible for reporting the incident to the appropriate parties, which includes OSHA.

In the past, employers had to report the following events to the agency:

-- All work related fatalities.

-- All work related hospitalizations if three or more employees were involved.

Under the new guidelines, things have changed just a bit. At this time, companies must now report the following:

-- All work related fatalities.

-- All work related in-patient hospitalizations, even if only one person is involved.

-- All work related amputations.

-- All work related losses of an eye.

Not only are companies required to report the above, but in the event of a fatality, they must do so within eight hours. For any other situation, such as an in-patient hospitalization, the event must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours.

Because OSHA wants to improve the overall safety of employees, they are now expecting a lot more from employers in terms of reporting.

If a person is injured on the job, he or she should not hesitate to receive medical help. They don't have to deal with anything OSHA related for the time being. That is for the company to take care of within the guidelines that have been set.

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "Reporting Fatalities and Severe Injuries/Illnesses," accessed Nov. 10, 2015

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