New rules issued for reporting workplace deaths

09/15/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – New rules have been outlined by the federal government for reporting workplace deaths. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the rules issued Thursday make it a requirement that detailed reports get filed within 8 hours after a fatal workplace accident occurs.

In addition, severe injuries sustained on the job that require hospitalization, but do not prove fatal, will be required to be reported to the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration within 24 hours. These rules will apply no matter what size a business is.

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez is quoted by the AP as stating, “We can and must do more to keep America’s workers safe and healthy… Workplace injuries and fatalities are absolutely preventable, and these new requirements will help OSHA focus its resources and hold employers accountable for preventing them.”

The new rules will become effective on January 1.

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