New York employees can face serious dangers at their places of employment. These hazards can lead to a variety of serious injuries that can leave an employee hospitalized or worse. Employers have a variety of responsibilities to try and prevent these accidents from occurring. However, not every accident will be prevented in New York workplaces.
There will be times when employees face workplace injuries. When this occurs, employers have additional responsibilities. One of these responsibilities includes reporting the injuries to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. OSHA regulates workplace safety and often needs to investigate workplace accidents after they occur.
According to OSHA regulations, employers have a duty to report serious injuries to the administration within specific time limits. The specific time allowed for reporting depends on the seriousness of the accident. According to regulations, fatalities must be reported to OSHA within eight hours of the death. This rule applies if the death occurred within 30 days of a workplace accident that caused the injuries.
OSHA gives employers more time to report less serious accidents. Accidents that include an amputation, an inpatient hospitalization or the loss of an eye must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours of the accident.
There are many ways that employers can report these incidences to OSHA. Employers can report the accident in person, over the telephone or online.
It is important for employees and employers to understand their rights and responsibilities following a workplace accident. Workplace safety rules should never be ignored. An attorney may be able to help to explain these right further.