Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels has issued a statement regarding OSHA’s 2013 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Dr. Michaels said in part: “Today we learned that, in 2013, approximately three million private sector workers in America experienced a serious injury or illness on the job. In this extraordinarily high number, it is easy to focus on the headline and miss the trend line. We are encouraged that the rates continue to decline over the past few years, even during this period of healthy economic growth when we would expect the rate of injuries to rise.” Also contained in the statement was a reminder that beginning on January 1st, 2015, OSHA reporting requirements will change. Employers will be responsible for reporting all fatal work injuries within 8 hours, and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. The agency has also updated the list of industries required to keep injury and illness records.
Download the survey and read the full statement from OSHA here.