OSHA Recordkeeping Scenarios
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?
Question: Employees travel to their normal workplace, a remote production site in a mountainous region, in a company-provided bus from a nearby community. The company provides the transport free of charge to its employees. In order to reduce traffic, the company makes the bus ride mandatory for its employees. If an employee is injured while on this commute, is it recordable?
Out of Town Meeting
Question: An employee traveled out of town to attend a 2-hour meeting at the direction of his supervisor. The employee arrived the evening before and stayed at a company-owned apartment. The employee planned to travel back home directly from the meeting. On the way to the meeting, the employee was injured in a car accident. The employee went to the emergency room and received medical treatment. Is it recordable?
Question: An employees discovers that the company is planning to lay him off at the end of the month. He storms into the breakroom and in an emotional rage, he tips over a vending machine. The large machine crashes into a wall and ruptures a steam line. As a result, the employee receives severe burns on his shoulder, neck and face. The employee is taken to the ER and is provided medical treatment and a recommendation for days away from work by the doctors. The employee is terminated the same day. Is it recordable?