Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently proposed a rule to help to keep workers safer on the job by helping officials to better track workplace accidents, injuries and fatalities. The announcement comes after the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ released of its yearly Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report. This is the report that calculated that about 3 million workers were injured on the job in 2012 alone.
“Three million injuries are three million too many,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.
Our Asheville workers’ compensation attorneys understand that the new rule will help to shed light on just how dangerous our nation’s workplaces are. It’s going to help workers, employers, government officials and researchers better access this information, to help to create better attack plans to help to stop the risks. We will be able to better create training and work programs to reduce these risks and prevent workplace problems before they even have a chance to strike. With the latest proposal, there will not be any new requirements to the way we report these incidents, it’s only going to make sure that employers better transmit these reports to OSHA officials. And this is a move that’s going to help workers across the nation.
Members of the public will have three months, through the beginning of February, to submit their comments regarding this new rule. In January, officials with OSHA will be holding a public meeting on the proposal and a final notice regarding the publishing will be held shortly after.
This rule comes after a number of meetings from 2010 that were aimed at helping OSHA to get a better grip on accident reports and how to do so more efficiently through electronic submission.
In 2012, there were more than 4,300 people who were killed on the job in the United States. On average, there were over 84 of these fatalities that happened every week and about a dozen that happened every day.
During the year, there were close to 710 Latino or Hispanic employees who were killed from work-related injuries. That’s more than 13 a week and about 2 each and every day — all year long.
A majority of these accidents occurred in the construction industry, which is relatively prevalent here in the Carolinas. Of the more than 4,300 people who were killed on the job in 2012, close to 1,000 (or about 20 percent) of them happened in construction. The number one causes for these accidents were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. Officials call these the “Fatal Four.”
Under the OSHA Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log. If you suffer an injury while working, one of the most important things you can do is to report it.
Contact our Carolina worker’s compensation attorneys today by calling 800-887-1965.
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