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OSHA Mandates the Electronic Reporting of Work Injuries

May 14th, 2018 at 5:17 pm

DuPage County workers compensation attorneys, OSHA mandates, work injuries, workplace injury, unsafe work practicesThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA recently introduced a new rule that requires work injuries from certain businesses to be reported electronically via a new online injury tracking application. Since these businesses have already been required to keep records, this rule will not completely change how they operate. However, it is important to be aware of who is affected by this rule, why it was established, and who it can benefit.

What Businesses are Affected?

The new electronic reporting rule is for businesses with 250 or more employees. It was intended for businesses in industries that are known for high rates of workplace injuries. These industries include:

  •         Construction;
  •         Hospitals;
  •         Manufacturing;
  •         Nursing homes;
  •         Transportation; and 
  •         Utilities.

The Purpose of the New Rule

OSHA enacted this rule to improve the safety of industries with a track record of many on the job of injuries. The electronic data they gather will help them study the injuries and illnesses that arise.

Studying these injuries and illnesses will allow them to find patterns that may lead to recurring problems, design methods that can prevent common injuries, and pinpoint and eliminate hazards before they lead to injuries.

How Employees Will Benefit From the New Rule

The new role will also benefit employees because it will encourage them to disclose unsafe work practices without having to worry about retaliation. Although retaliation is currently illegal, OSHA has implemented more rules to protect anyone who reports unsafe or illegal activities in the workplace.

The new rule states that businesses must notify their employees of their right to report injuries and illnesses without worrying about retaliation. It also directs them to provide easy reporting instructions so that every employee is clear on how to report.

How Businesses Feel About the New Rule

While some businesses are okay with the new rule, others are not happy. Since electronic reporting means that their reports will become public, they are worried that investors may refrain from choosing their business. In addition, they are concerned that electronic reporting can lead to negative public relations.

OSHA believes that electronic reporting will benefit businesses because it will motivate them to create a safer workplace in order to keep their public profile positive. If they are dedicated to gaining investors and employees as well as customers, they will likely do whatever they can to reduce injury risk.

Contact the DuPage County Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

If you are injured on the job or notice an unsafe working condition, contact our highly skilled DuPage County workers’ compensation attorneys. We will make sure your rights are protected and guide you through the claims process if necessary.

Source:

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2017/12/15/474462.htm

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