A Safe Sound report recently published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) highlights how workplace injuries and illnesses are often both predictable and preventable.
The federal regulatory agency notes that both employers and their workers can minimize their injury risk by taking time to learn how past incidents occurred.
Where can I find information about the most common workplace incidents?
OSHA maintains what it refers to as its “300 log“. It’s there that the federal agency lists the most common injury incidents by profession. They generate this data from employer reports of injuring incidents.
The federal agency requires companies employing ten or more workers to keep track of any injury incidents, including the frequency with which they occur, where they happen and what exactly transpired. They must also log the employee’s role as, detail if any particular work-related task or equipment resulted in the worker’s injury and how much time they were on restricted duty or had to take off work following the incident.
What do employers or regulatory officials do with this data?
One reason why OSHA has employers track this data is that they’ll hopefully notice trends as to why on-the-job injuries occur to take measures to reduce such a trend.
OSHA may also request to see such records, though. They may do to learn whether additional training may be necessary. For example, if they notice that many injuries are repetitive stress ones, they may ask an employer to train their staff on better best practices to reduce such conditions.
Your options if you were hurt or fell ill on the job
Many medical conditions may be attributable to a person’s Appleton job, including Legionnaire’s or cardiovascular disease, carpal tunnel syndrome or back pain. An attorney can help you determine whether you may qualify for workers’ compensation or other benefits in your Wisconsin case.