“What we have seen over and over again is that the prompt reporting of worker injuries has created opportunities for employers to work with OSHA specialists to keep similar incidents – or worse – from happening again,” Michaels wrote.
As of January 1, 2015, employers are required to report any severe work-related injury (defined as a hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye) within 24 hours. The result was over 10,000 cases reported to OSHA. 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations.
Some good has come from this policy change though. The 24 hour rule has meant that OSHA can come along side these companies and ensure that the worksite dangers are immediately. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels commented that “In case after case, the prompt reporting of worker injuries has created opportunities for us to work with employers we wouldn’t have had contact with otherwise.”
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