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OSHA Recordkeeping Scenarios

Bring Your Pet to Work

Bring Your Pet to Work

Question: During a bring your pet to work day, one employee brought a pet python to his office. After not seeing the employee for most of the day, his coworkers checked on him in his office and found the python had bit his head and was coiled around his suffocated body. Is it recordable?

Flashlight

Flashlight

Question: While investigating a power outage in the dark basement at work, the employee placed a flashlight in their mouth to remain hands-free. The employee tripped over a piece of equipment and fell face-first onto the floor, resulting in the flashlight crushing through the back of the skull, killing the employee. Is it recordable?

Death by Dessert

Death by Dessert

Question: An employee attending a colleague's birthday party at work ate 18 servings of his favorite dessert and dies. Is it recordable?

Blue Ice

Blue Ice

Question: A large chunk of frozen sewage material known as blue ice detaches from an airplane midflight and strikes a moving vehicle on a highway. The driver of the vehicle loses control of the vehicle and drives into a gas station where an employee is waiting in line to pay for a coffee. The employee stopped at the gas station on his way from one worksite to another to grab a coffee. He is badly injured and must stay home from work for several days to heal. Is it recordable?

Falling Boiler

Falling Boiler

Question: An explosion launched a car-sized boiler through the roof of a company across the street from where an employee was working in an office. The boiler smashed down through the ceiling of the building and killed the employee. Is it recordable?

Exploding Cell Phone

Exploding Cell Phone

Question: An employee was working outside on a hot sunny day and left their cell phone on the dashboard of their work vehicle. They retrieved their phone after several hours and placed it in their pocket. Soon after, the phone exploded in their pocket, resulting in burns. The employee receives medical treatment for the burns and receives a recommendation to stay home from work for several days to recover. Is it recordable?

Robot Murder

Robot Murder

Question: An employee working in a manufacturing facility with industrial robots forgot to fully turn off a malfunctioning robot he was fixing. The robot's hydraulic arm pushed him into the wall and crushed him. Is it recordable?

Beer Flood

Beer Flood

Question: Huge vats of beer ruptured and rushed into the street where an employee was conducting a survey. The beer swept the employee away causing them to suffer severe injuries and drown. Is it recordable?

ICD (Implanted Cardiac Defibrillator)

ICD (Implanted Cardiac Defibrillator)

Question: An employee has an ICD (implanted cardiac defibrillator) and was vacuuming alone at work. He collapsed. His ICD kicked in and roused him. He took himself to the emergency room and a doctor determined that a mix of his heart condition and the physical activity from the work he was doing contributed to him losing consciousness. Is it recordable?