What should be done if an accident occurs in the workplace?

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

If the accident involves a fatality, it must be reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within eight hours. An accident that results in in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye must be reported within 24 hours.

If the accident results in an injury or illness that meets the requirements for recording on the OSHA 300 logs, the injury or illness must be recorded.

Additionally, the accident should be investigated by a competent individual to determine the cause of the accident, whether there are any risk management issues to address and whether corrective action needs to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.