New Requirements From OSHA Regarding The Reporting of Severe Injuries
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) announced a ruling on November 5th which implements guidelines for employers to report serious work injuries. The new legislation goes into effect January 1, 2015 and requires employers to notify OSHA whenever an employee is killed on the job, or whenever a worker suffers an injury that requires hospitalization, results in an amputation, or after the loss of an eye.
The new rule comes in response to findings by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that 4,405 workers were killed on the job during 2013. Prior to this, employers were not required to report single instances whereby an employee was hospitalized, only situations that involved three or more employees being admitted to the hospital were required. Also, amputations at work, or the loss of an eye at work was not required to be reported at all.
OSHA’s Severe Injury and Illness Reporting
Now, under the newly developed rule on reporting severe injury or illness in the workplace, employers must notify OSHA within eight hours of an employee fatality. Reporting an amputation or loss of an eye at work must be reported by employers within 24 hours. All employers are expected to comply, even those exempt from maintaining injury and illness records.
How Do Employers Report Serious Injuries or Illness in The Workplace?
OSHA is currently developing a web based portal to assist employers in fulfilling the new requirements. Reporting incidents online, electronically, is in addition to the telephone reporting system already in place.
Help For Anyone Seriously Injured At work
Anyone who is seriously injured while at work may be able to file a Workers’ Compensation claim while they are unable to work. Workers’ Compensation laws are always changing, making the process extremely complex. For an employee injured at work, the added stress of handling a workers’ compensation claim can be overwhelming. The complicated system of filing a work comp claim, compounded by mounting medical bills, and worries stemming from lost wages, can prove to be too much for many people.
FREE Consultation About Your Workers’ Comp Case
If you have been injured on the job or while at work, you should protect your rights by speaking to an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney at Handler Henning & Rosenberg as soon as possible. There are time constraints to file work comp claims and appeals, as well as stringent rules on how paperwork is filed, and when documents are due. Don’t risk your claim to further delay or denial, talk to an attorney from our firm today. We offer a free consultation about your legal options to get started right away.