When the unfortunate circumstance of injury or worse occurs, the proper OSHA steps must be followed. Previously, employers were only required to reach out to OSHA when a fatality occurred and when three or more employees were hospitalized from a single incident. Starting January 1, employers must contact OSHA within eight hours of any deaths, hospitalizations, amputations, or eye loss.
According to Brian Turmail, spokesperson for The Associated General Contractors of America, the number of jobsite fatalities is decreasing, but these new reporting rules set out to reduce the number of fatalities to zero.
Regardless of past exemptions, all employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act are now required to comply with the new reporting requirements. The industries affected have also been updated to include high-risk industries. The only exception to the new rules applies to any employers with ten or less employees. No matter what their industry classification is, they are not required to keep records of worker injuries and illnesses.
For more information on the rulings, please visit www.osha.gov.