Starting in January, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will expand its list of severe work-related injuries that employers with 10 or more employees must report.
Reports must be made within eight hours of an event. Reports also must be submitted within 24 hours for a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. In the past, employers had to report only hospitalizations of three or more employees resulting from a workplace accident or illness.
Although it’s implementing stricter reporting rules, OSHA notes that workplaces today are generally safer than in the past. The organization counted 4,405 work-related fatalities in 2013, compared to 14,000 deaths 38 years ago, when OSHA was created.