Prepping for OSHA’s Injury Reporting Changes

    In keeping compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we are prepping for updated mandates regarding the organization’s injury reporting procedures. Beginning on January 1, 2015, all states under federal OSHA jurisdiction must make changes in their reporting process. The new rule includes two major updates:

    1. Work-related fatalities must be reported to OSHA within eight hours. Work related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or losses of an eye must be reported within 24 hours. Prior to updates, OSHA required employers to report fatalities and hospitalizations if three or more employees were affected. Now, even if the incident is isolated, it must be passed along to OSHA officials.
    2. OSHA now has an updated list of industries that are exempt from keeping injury and illness records. Due to low occupational hazards and a slim rate of reported incidents, these industries will not be required to keep consistent records unless otherwise asked in writing to do so. Note that establishments within these industries must still report all fatalities, amputations, hospitalizations, and losses of eyes.

    The construction industry is not included on the updated list of exemptions released by OSHA. With the associated risks that come from completing major construction projects, contractors must be prepared to educate all employees of OSHA’s changes.

    As commercial construction contractors, we believe the most important thing you can do in preparation for the changes is to educate yourself and employees of OSHA mandates. Hold a training session detailing how and when to report an injury as well as reiterate safety procedures. Also, ensure that your business has an effective record-keeping system in place before January 1st.

    From the office to the work site, Leon Williams Contractors is committed to providing a safe work environment for all of our employees. As a commercial construction leader in East Tennessee, we recognize the importance of continual safety training to stay compliant with state and federal regulations.

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