Hammered Thumb

Hammered Thumb

Question: An employee working on a construction site smashes his thumb with a hammer while attempting to drive a nail into a board. The employee gets ice and takes some ibuprofen. Later, after the thumb continues to swell, the company nurse drills the nail to relieve the pressure. Is it recordable?

Answer: NO. The employee did not receive medical treatment beyond first aid. Ice, over-the-counter ibuprofen and drilling of the nail are all listed as first aid by OSHA.

1904.7(b)(5)(ii)(H) Drilling of a fingernail or toenail to relieve pressure, or draining fluid from a blister (is considered first aid)