OSHA announces new requirements for reporting deaths and severe injuries

Reporting is now required for all employee fatalities and hospitalizations rather than just groups of three or more.

By Peter Fabris, Contributor | September 22, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye. The rule goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. 

Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA's regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. 

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