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What are OSHA's workplace injury reporting requirements?

An injury at work can create a hectic and chaotic environment. As an injured worker is dealing with the pain of an arm injury or suffering the repercussions of a serious fall, other workers may be scrambling to help the worker, and wondering what should be done. One thing that must be done following certain work-related injuries is proper reporting of such injuries. OSHA considers work-related fatalities, illnesses or injuries to be ones in which an event in the work environment contributed to, caused, or even significantly aggravated, a person's medical condition.

OSHA's Recordkeeping regulation imposes certain reporting requirements on employers following an on-the-job injury. Connecticut employers must report the occurrence of a work-related fatality directly to OSHA within eight hours of the death, as long as the death occurred within 30 days of the work accident. Within 24 hours, employers must report the occurrence of an amputation, the loss of a worker's eye or the inpatient hospitalization of a worker, if the medical event occurred within 24 hours of the workplace accident.

Other events are considered recordable, which means that OSHA requires employers to maintain a record of these incidents. For example, when a significant work-related illness or injury occurs and is diagnosed by a health care professional, an employer must record the event, even if the ailment did not result in death, medical treatment beyond first aid or a loss of consciousness. Other recordable events include those such as a sprain, fracture or cut, as well as chronic and acute illnesses, such as skin disease or poisoning.

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. A lawyer may be able to discuss your rights and options for recovery with you.

Source: United States Department of Labor, "OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements," accessed Dec. 18, 2015

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