Question: An employee dies after receiving an atomic wedgie from his coworker during a disagreement about how to properly use a piece of equipment. The cause of death was asphyxiation because his underwear had been pulled up over his head. Is it recordable?
Answer: YES. Workplace violence is not a listed exception for OSHA recordkeeping purposes. This incident must also be reported to OSHA within 8 hours.
Letter of Interpretation:
The Recordkeeping rule contains no general exception, for purposes of determining work-relationship, for cases involving acts of violence in the work environment.