Recording a Safety Video
Question: While recording a safety video an employee stands up on a rolling office chair, falls and breaks an arm. The video was intended to demonstrate unsafe behaviors in the workplace. Is it recordable?
Answer: YES. The incident occurred in the work environment and is considered work-related and broken bones are considered severe injuries.
Letter of Interpretation: Work-related cases involving cancer, chronic irreversible disease, a fractured or cracked bone, or a punctured eardrum must always be recorded under the general criteria at the time of diagnosis by a physician or other licensed health care professional. OSHA believes that cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones, and punctured eardrums are generally considered significant injuries and illnesses, and must be recorded at the initial diagnosis even if medical treatment or work restrictions are not recommended.