Cockroach Battle

Cockroach Battle

Question: An employee was trying to kill a cockroach by squishing it on a thick rug paper towel but it would not die. The employee picked it up with the paper towel thinking it was dead but it wasn't. The roached began crawling onto the employees hand and they sprinted to throw it in the toilet. While running, the employee slipped and caught their leg on a metal bookshelf, resulting in stitches. Is it recordable?

In the employee's own words: "Lots of blood and 10 stitches later, there is now a 2.5-inch scar on my leg and I didn't even kill the roach. I got my ass beat by a cockroach."

Answer: YES. The injury is work-related and resulted in medical treatment beyond first aid.

1904.7(a): Basic requirement. You must consider an injury or illness to meet the general recording criteria, and therefore to be recordable, if it results in any of the following: death, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness. You must also consider a case to meet the general recording criteria if it involves a significant injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional, even if it does not result in death, days away from work, restricted work or job transfer, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness.