New OSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Reporting Requirements

September 11th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a final rule on Thursday, September 11th requiring employers to notify OSHA when a work-related fatality occurs or an employee suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015 for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4,405 workers lives were lost while on the job in 2013. “We can and must do more to keep America’s workers safe and healthy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Workplace injuries and fatalities are absolutely preventable, and these new requirements will help OSHA focus its resources and hold employers accountable for preventing them.”

Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA’s regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule.

All employers covered by OSHA, even those who are exempt from maintaining injury and illness records, are required to comply with OSHA’s new severe injury and illness reporting requirements. To assist employers in fulfilling these requirements, OSHA is developing a web portal for employers to report incidents electronically in addition to the phone reporting options.

Hays Companies’ Risk Control Consultants are also available to assess your serious accident, and OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping practices to help you improve compliance.  We can provide training on OSHA reporting and recordkeeping, and we are always available to advise on special situations when you need a professional opinion. To contact a Hays Companies’ Risk Control expert, email us at