OSHA Injury Reporting Rule Faces Challenge in Oklahoma Federal Court

- According to a January 6 report from InsideOSHAOnline.com, industry groups have begun a new broad legal challenge to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) injury and illness reporting rule in a U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

The January 4 lawsuit attacks a rule that requires companies to report injury and illness dates for public dissemination in an attempt to increase transparency and hold corporations accountable for proper record keeping of injuries. Multiple voices from inside the industry, however, have argued that the rule is ineffective and only serves to inappropriately shame employers.

The plaintiffs are a coalition of powerful industry groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Homebuilders, and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. In the lawsuit they state, “OSHA lacks the authority to create an online database meant for the public dissemination of employers’ injury and illness records,” and, furthermore, “there is no evidence that publication of the information will have any effect on workplace safety.”

Recently, a Texas federal court, in a similar case, Texo ABC/AGC et al. v. Perez, ruled in favor of the OSHA regulation.

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