New OSHA Regulations for Reporting Severe Injuries

New OSHA regulationsThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new regulation which require employers to notify them when severe injury or death occurs on a construction site. The regulations include death, amputations, the loss of an eye, or hospitalization.

This rule is in effect as of January 1st, 2015 and is based on the results from the 2013 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez: “Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013. We can and must do more to keep America’s workers safe and healthy. Workplace injuries and fatalities are absolutely preventable, and these new requirements will help OSHA focus its resources and hold employers accountable for preventing them.”

Under the new regulations, employers must notify OSHA within eight hours in the event of a fatality, and within 24 hours for hospitalizations, amputations or the loss of an eye.

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