In an effort to increase accountability, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will soon require businesses to submit their illness and injury data electronically, which will be visible to the general public. The new rule applies to companies in high-risk industries with 250 or more employees and takes effect August 10, 2016. The goal is that increased transparency will compel business owners and managers to commit to higher safety standards. OSHA's new rule also includes a provision for employees to report workplace accidents and injurieswithout fear of recrimination.
The Bureau of Labor Statics (BLS) reports that over three million accidents or illnesses occur in the workplace every year, though detailed information about these incidents was not previously made available to OSHA or the public. This lack of detailed data made it difficult to determine where more safety precautions and training were needed. By making safety records public, employers can gauge how they compare to other companies in their industry - and strive to reduce accidents with every passing year.
According to OSHA statistics, the most frequently violated safety standards on the job include: fall protection, proper respiratory protection, control of hazardous energy, and general electrical industry issues. Nearly a fifth of workplace fatalities occurred in the construction industry, making it one of the most high-risk careers.
OSHA has been in existence for more than 40 years and has greatly improved workplace safety in partnership with employers, unions, and safety professionals. Worker illness, injury, and death rates have significantly decreased since OSHA's inception. However, more work needs to be done to continue to reduce those numbers. Poor accident statistics equate with poor management, and OSHA's new reporting rule demands that companies to get serious about safety.
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OSHA's new safety data reporting rule will surely compel employers to become more responsible about safety. However, workplace accidents will inevitably still occur. After a work injury, you may be faced with the reality of pain, suffering, and mounting medical bills.
Vineland Workers' Compensation lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC have over 25 years of experience handling Workers' Compensation cases throughout South Jersey and are ready to help you today. Call our Milmay offices at 609-476-4044 x 203 or contact us online to discuss your case. We work with clients in Vineland, Bridgeton, Millville, Buena Vista, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township, and Cumberland County.