As OSHA administrator David Michaels has put it, the agency never hears about numerous injuries. By requiring employers to report some of these injuries – amputations and hospitalizations – the agency will get an idea of where serious injuries are happening. Then the agency can go to these employers, speak with them, and help figure out ways to mitigate the hazards causing these injuries to prevent future occurrences.
That’s the idea, at any rate. How well this works remains to be seen.
The rule goes into effect Jan. 1.
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