What are the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) employer reporting requirements in the event of an employee's workplace death?

Authors: John D. Surma and Collin G. Warren, Adams and Reese LLP

OSHA requires all incidents resulting in a fatality to be orally reported within eight hours of the occurrence or from when the employer learned or reasonably should have learned about such an incident. An employer can comply by calling or going in person to the nearest OSHA area office.

Incidents resulting in in-patient hospitalization, amputation or the loss of an eye must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours.

An employer has the option to report through a web portal.