Thanks to a new law that went into effect on January 1st of 2015, employers are required to immediately report all serious workplace injuries to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). However, OSHA says that not all employers are doing as required. It estimates that 50 percent of the severe injuries suffered in the workplace went unreported by employers last year.
Failing To Report Serious Injuries To OSHA Means Increased Penalties
According to an article from Manufacturing.net, OSHA’s estimate is based on comparisons between states’ workers’ compensation reports and the number of incidents actually reported by employers.
While OSHA states that there has been a dramatic increase in reported incidents and these reports have led to safety improvements in some workplaces, particularly in manufacturing and construction environments where serious injuries are more common, there have also been attempts to cover up incidents. Furthermore, OSHA believes that there are many businesses that are simply not aware of the new reporting requirement.
The new law requires that all work-related eye loss, amputation or hospitalization must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours. Failure to do so can result in fines ranging from $1,000 to $7,000. Those fines may soon increase if Congress approves.
You Do Not Have To Deal With OSHA Alone
With OSHA requirements constantly in flux, it can be difficult for businesses to continue to stay in compliance. Thankfully, businesses do not have to deal with these matters alone.
At Key Harrington Barnes PC, we assist businesses with OSHA compliance issues. We can review your policies to ensure that they are up to date and aligned with current OSHA guidelines. We can also provide you guidance in OSHA investigations and defend you if you have received a citation from OSHA or have been threatened with fines or penalties.