Employers should also be aware of this other recent development:

  • OSHA reports that during its first full year of the new Severe Injury Reporting Program, employers reported 10,388 severe injuries, including 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. 62 percent of reported injuries resulted in a Rapid Response Investigation ("RRI"), including 69 percent of hospitalization reports. The RRI allows employers to analyze the incident to identify the causes, presents to OSHA its findings and proposed abatements, and confer with OSHA regarding implementation of those abatements. 38 percent of reported injuries, and 58 percent of reported amputations, resulted in a worksite inspection. According to OSHA, the majority of first year reports were filed by large employers. OSHA warns that in the second year of the requirement, it will be more likely to cite employers for non-reporting violations, which carry a penalty of $7,000 or $70,000 for a willful failure to report. (These amounts will increase when the recently approved higher penalties go into effect.)