As of January 1, 2015, a change was implemented regarding what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.
Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident. The updated reporting requirements are not simply paperwork but have a life-saving purpose: they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.
Employers have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA. They can all their nearest area office during normal business hours, call the 24 hour OSHA hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or they can report online https://www.osha.gov/pls/ser/serform.html.
For more information and resources including a new YouTube video, visit OSHA’s website for their updated reporting requirements at a http://www.osha.gov.