The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced September 11 a final rule requiring employers to notify the agency when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours and work-related in-patient hospitalization, amputations or loss of an eye within 24 hours. In 2011, ARTBA commented on this proposed rule, outlining concerns with the short time frame for reporting such injuries when a company will likely be heavily involved in assisting injured employees and their families, or investigating the cause of the incident.
The rule also contains a new requirement that all employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, even those who are exempt from maintaining injury and illness records, are required to comply with OSHA’s new requirement. OSHA states it will issue employer assistance tools in the near future to help with compliance. ARTBA will monitor the implementation of the rule and keep members informed. The rule goes into effect on January 1, 2015.