A report released by OSHA says that its severe injury reporting system has helped to improve worker safety. However, it also acknowledged in its report that up to 50 percent of employers may not be reporting serious injuries as required. OSHA requires employers in Pennsylvania and around the country to report within 24 hours any injury that causes eye loss, inpatient hospitalization or amputation, and the rule first went into effect in January 2015.
In response to 62 percent of injury reports, OSHA asked employers to come up with a plan to prevent future accidents and report back to the agency. The intent was to allow employers to learn from their mistakes and make improvements without the need to cite anyone. OSHA acknowledged that many employers were willing to go above and beyond to make sure that they prevented future workplace accidents.
In the report, OSHA said that it would increase outreach to smaller companies to ensure that they were in compliance. Data indicates that there were 7,636 reports of workers who were taken to the hospital after a workplace accident in 2015. There were a further 2,644 reports of amputations caused by workplace accidents. OSHA did acknowledge that the hazards that caused many of the injuries are understood and could be prevented.
Workers who are hurt on the job may be entitled to temporary or permanent workers’ compensation benefits. It may be possible for those benefits to help workers pay their living expenses while out of work. They also help to pay any medical bills an employee may incur because of an injury that they suffered through the course of their employment. Those who have questions or concerns about their case may wish to talk with an attorney who may help to preserve their rights.