RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — As of Jan. 1, employers are now required to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours of occurrence, and all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident, reminds drycleaning insurance provider Irving Weber Associates.
Previously, employers were only required to report all workplace fatalities, or report when three or more workers were hospitalized due to the same incident. These updated reporting requirements were enacted to enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards, IWA says.
Employers have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA. They can:
- Call their nearest area office during normal business hours,
- Call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 800-321-OSHA, or
- Report online at www.osha.gov/report_online.
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