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OSHA Work-Related Injury Rules

OSHA RULES

OSHA or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created by Congress in 1970. Since its creation, OSHA has been making workplaces safer for over four decades. Extremely minor workplace injuries that don’t require first aid are not usually deemed to be a recordable injury. An injury that impairs the employee’s ability to effectively perform their job is deemed recordable. In addition, an injury that causes damaged bones, punctured eardrums, irreversible disease, or fatality are all examples of recordable injuries.

Records aren’t only in place to help injured employees, this data is reported to OSHA for purpose of keeping records of business statistics. There are different rules regarding time frames of reporting certain injuries. For example, an employer must report a fatality involving a worker within eight hours. However, if the incident only involved loss of limb, the employer has 24 hours to report the incident.

OSHA continues to monitor how businesses prevent workplace injuries and deaths from occurring. Ensuring injury reports are kept up to date and accurate must be of the utmost importance for any business owner.

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