Osha Revises Rules Regarding Reporting of Workplace Injuries
When an employee is on a job site, it is reasonable for them to expect that their employer has taken every required precaution to ensure their safety. Companies should adhere to all mandated requirements so as to help workers perform their daily job duties without suffering injuries.
However, should misfortune strike and an employee does suffer a catastrophic injury that results in serious harm or death, then the employer should report the incident to the appropriate authorities. Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced new rule revisions regarding the notification to the administration of certain types of serious injuries.
Specifically, employers must now report to OSHA within eight hours of any fatal accidents suffered by workers while on the job. Additionally, any losses of eyes, amputations or inpatient hospitalizations that are due to work-related accidents must be reported within 24 hours.
An occupational safety and health official stated that serious injuries resulting in amputations and hospitalizations indicate that the workplace in question likely merits intervention for the safety of the other employees.
Thomas E. Perez, the U.S. Secretary of Labor, cited statistics indicating that in 2013, more than 4,400 workers lost their lives in workplace accidents. He believes these new regulations will help hold employers responsible for accident prevention.
The sooner a hazard can be addressed, the better it is for everyone who may work in its proximity. Additionally, prompt reporting to the authorities may prove helpful in conducting investigations pertaining to the accident.
A full investigation should result whenever a worker is seriously or fatally injured. Such an investigation can serve as the basis for determining who holds liability for the incident's occurrence. Unfortunately, sometimes companies are not forthcoming with relevant details. They and their insurance providers may even try to circumvent attempts made by injured parties or their families to secure fair compensation.
If you are ever seriously injured while on the job, or if you lose a loved one to a fatal work-related accident, the services of a Texas attorney who handles catastrophic injury cases may prove helpful in the pursuit of recompense.