OSHA Recordkeeping Scenarios
Away For Training
Question: An employee travels to a third-party training session for one week where the employer is not supervising the employee. During the training, the employee is injured and receives medical treatment. Does the employer need to record the injury even if they weren't supervising the employee at the training? Is it recordable?
Question: An employee is seriously injured at work and is admitted to a hospital. The employer reports the in-patient hospitalization to OSHA within the required timeframe. A week later, the employee dies in the hospital. Does the death also need to be reported to OSHA?
Question: On the weekend, at home, an employee received a splinter in his hand while building a wooden loft bed for his daughter. He removed the splinter but a small piece of wood remained under his skin. Several months later, while at work lifting a heavy piece of machinery, the pressure on the small splinter injures his hand. The injury becomes infected and he receives prescription antibiotics. Is it recordable?
Question: A man and his son break into a substation in the middle of the night to steal copper. They cut an energized cable and an arc flash badly burns both the man and his son. They are discovered by a security guard and are both taken to and admitted to a hospital to recover from their injuries. The man is a current employee. Is it recordable?
Question: A Honduran mobile off-shore drilling unit is operating within the US coastal waters. If an employee is injured and receives medical treatment, work restrictions or days away is it recordable?
Question: On his lunch break, an employee is preparing his lunch. His sandwich is almost complete but he remembers he brought some frozen jalapenos from his garden. He places the plastic container with frozen jalapenos into the microwave, covers them with a paper towel, and begins to heat them. While heating, the jalapenos start the paper and plastic on fire and release plumes of smoke into the office space. In a panic, the employee grabs the container with his hands and tosses it into the sink to extinguish the fire. The capsaicin in the jalapenos and smoke from the plastic causes lung irritation in the employee and 3 other employees who are at their desks. A total of 4 employees including the employee preparing his own lunch receive oxygen from first responders who arrive on scene several minutes later. Is it recordable?
Foreign Flag Vessel
Question: A US citizen working on a foreign flag vessel during a storm, slips and hits his head on a bulkhead. He receives 12 stitches. Is it recordable?
Owner & Son
Question: The owner of a small 8-person business brings his 17 year old son to work to begin training him how to run the company. The two get into a fight and the son pushes the father, who slips and twists his ankle. The father receives a prescription for anti-inflammatory medication as well as a rigid brace for his ankle. Is it recordable?
Question: An employee's child put a Lego in the wind breaker of an employee. While the employee has the jacket hanging on their arm the Lego falls out on the stairs. A different employee, walking to the break room to take their lunch break steps on the Lego and falls down the stairs breaking multiple bones. It is recordable?