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OSHA toughens workplace safety reporting rules

Starting January 1, 2015, employers will face even stricter workplace safety reporting regulations as the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced key changes in its record keeping requirements.

Under OSHA’s new policy, all employers will now have to report all incidents of fatalities within 8 hours, and any incident of work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye within 24 hours. OSHA’s previous guidelines did not require employers to report single incidents of in-patient hospitalizations.

The amendments now cover more employers, even some that were formerly exempt from routinely keeping injury and illness records. See OSHA.gov for more information.

OSHA’s move was in light of an increasing number of fatalities and injuries occurring while on duty. Sadly, many of these incidents could have been prevented if safety measures were properly imposed by the employer. If you have been injured or have developed a severe illness while working at a construction site in New York, see if you qualify for compensation by consulting a construction accident attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA today.

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