Under a new OSHA rule that takes effect Jan. 1, employers will have to report all work-related hospitalizations, amputations or eye losses within 24 hours of the event causing the injury—regardless of the number of employees involved. Previously, employers only had to report deaths and incidents that caused the in-patient hospitalization of three or more employees within eight hours of the event. 

Additionally, motor vehicle accidents occurring in construction work zones on public streets or highways resulting in a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or eye loss must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours. Any hospitalization or amputation that occurs more than 24 hours after the work-related incident must be recorded on injury and illness logs, but doesn’t have to be reported to OSHA. Employers must still report workplace fatalities to OSHA within eight hours. States with their own state-run occupational safety and health agencies are expected to adopt these rule revisions and new provisions within six months. 

Reports may be submitted at the closest OSHA area office, via phone at (800) 321-6742 or online at www.osha.gov/report_online.