Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye with 24 hours of learning of incident.
Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.
OSHA states that the updated reporting requirements will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.
Employers have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA. They can call their nearest area office during normal business hours, call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1.800.321.6742, or they can report online at www.osha.gov/report_online.