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OSHA to change injured worker claim regulations

An injured worker claim can include specific details regarding an incident and may reveal safety hazards in a California workplace. This may place an employer in a position where they must protect their business from potential repercussions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently made changes to regulations that require employers to report certain information, including when an injured worker claim involved the death or hospitalization of an employee.

In the past, the agency required employers to file a report for 75 percent of the accidents or injuries that resulted in hospital time or fatality. The new changes require information be submitted to OSHA within a 24 hour period when an employee suffers amputation or blindness from a work related injury or is otherwise hospitalized. The death of a worker would need to be reported no later than eight hours after the business is aware of the tragedy.

A study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that 4,405 workers lost their life in a work related accident last year. The goal of the agency is to create greater accountability and minimize future injuries following an incident. Records state that employers will have access to the necessary documents through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's website once the change is official.

The new regulations will become effective at the beginning of 2015 and may expose company statistics that business owners wish to keep private. However, OSHA believes that employer participation in the event of an accident may help limit inspections when serious accidents do occur. An injured worker claim that requires a California state inspection and potential citation may lead a business owner to seek professional help in attempting to secure company assets.

Source: uncovercalifornia.com, "OSHA announces New Rule for Reporting Employee Fatalities and Hospitalizations", Sophia Turner, Sept. 12, 2014

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