Year One of New OSHA Rule Brings 10,000 Severe Injury Reports

Posted on 3/24/2016 by Roger Marks

In the fall of 2014, OSHA published a Final Rule that significantly changed the workplace injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting regulations (29 CFR 1904). Mandatory as of January 1, 2015, the revised OSHA reporting requirements changed the way employers must report significant workplace injuries and illnesses. Essentially, the Final Rule expanded the list of incidents that must be reported.

The Final Rule changed other elements of the OSHA injury reporting rules as well, including revising the list of partially exempt industries. To read more about the Final Rule, read OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Changes.

Year One Brings 10,000 Severe Injury Reports

In a report released on March 17, 2016, OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels shows that since becoming effective January 1, 2015, the new rule compelled employers to report 10,388 incidents involving severe work related injuries. This large number does not include severe injuries in states not covered under Federal OSHA reporting rules.

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The manufacturing industry represented 26% of hospitalization cases reported under the new requirements and more than 50% of the amputations, according to the report.

OSHA provides a breakdown of the total reports, organized by industry, in a separate document named “Number of Severe Injury Reports Received by OSHA by Industry, 2015.”  

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