Injury and illness documentation is very important for businesses. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers that they must post Form 300A through April for illnesses and injuries that occurred in 2016. This important form allows OSHA to evaluate the safety of a workplace, understand the hazards they are facing, and implement worker protections. The only businesses that are not permitted to post are those in low-hazard industries as well as those with 10 or fewer employees.
These requirements for employers went into place on January 1, 2015 under OSHA jurisdiction. This means that employers must now report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours as well as all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye that happen within 24 hours. Employers can call OSHA, call their closest Area Office, or use an online form.
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Many companies will take the easy way out of reporting injuries and illnesses because they believe that it will keep them from an investigation and more. However, the reporting of injuries is especially vital because it will aid OSHA in saving lives, preventing very serious injuries, and protecting worker’s health. Many companies do not realize that failing to report and implement safety procedures for employees means that they will lose out on money as well.
Have you been injured in the workplace and you believe negligence falls on your employer? Do you wonder where to turn for compensation for your injuries? Call us today at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi for more information on how we can help!