New OSHA Reporting Requirements

OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) announced some new reporting requirements regarding work-related fatalities.

Thanks to Tentindo, Kendall, Canniff & Keefe LLP for sending this alert to us.

OSHA has enacted new reporting requirements effective January 1, 2015.

Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.

Previously, employers were only required to report all workplace fatalities or when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.

These updated reporting requirements were enacted to 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:

  1. can call their nearest area office during normal business hours;
  2. call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742);
  3. or they can report online at www.osha.gov/report_online.

For more information and resources, including a new YouTube video, visit OSHA’s webpage on these updated reporting requirements.

As always, please be sure to also report any workplace injuries to your RogersGray Insurance representative or contact us if you have any questions on these new regulations.