The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, requires that employees keep track of any injuries that happen on the jobsite. Requirements for reporting vary depending on the type of injury and size of the business. Construction is an industry with one of the highest levels of jobsite accidents, because of the nature of the work and the use of scaffolding and other complex equipment, and site managers are usually responsible for meeting OSHA accident reporting requirements. Here is what you need to know.
Report of Injury Forms
Any time an injury or illness occurs on the jobsite, even if the incident is minor, OSHA requires a Report of Injury to be completed. These reports contain statements from employees and employers describing the incident, the nature of the injury or illness, what treatment was needed, and what can be done to prevent the incident from happening again in the future. OSHA also requires these forms to be completed for near-misses that could have resulted in an injury, such as a fall from scaffolding. It is the site manager’s job to ensure these forms are completed as required.
Severe Injury Reporting Rules
When a severe injury occurs on the jobsite, OSHA requires expedited reporting. Any time an injury leads to an amputation, loss of an eye, or a hospitalization, a report must be filed within 24 hours of the incident. If a fatality occurs, a report must be filed within eight hours. Fatalities that occur due to injuries that happened on a jobsite must be reported to OSHA if they happen within 30 days of the initial incident.
Site managers are required to keep records of all accidents and injuries for five years. Companies are required to submit full records of all of the accidents and injuries annually to OSHA. Records submissions happen every February through April for the year prior.
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