2016 Saw One-Third of Injury Reports Result in OSHA Inspection

- Recent coverage from Bloomberg BNA reports that in 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched inspections for 33 percent of injury notifications from employers.

The percentage is down from the 2015 rate, possibly a result of growing confidence within OSHA of an employer’s ability to conduct self-inspection and hazard prevention.  

2016 is the second year since OSHA has mandated that employers notify them anytime a worker is admitted to a hospital, suffers an amputation, or loses an eye. Employers are expected to submit substantial information into the root cause of the injury and offer details on how they intend to abate the accident from occurring in the future.

The rule prompted 10,887 reports last year, a five percent increase from its inaugural year. The majority the reports concerned hospitalizations while amputations saw the highest percentage of reports resulting in investigation.

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