Restroom Injury

Question: An employee is hiding in the restroom from a micromanaging supervisor. While standing on a toilet to hide her feet, she slips and hits her head on the tile floor and is later diagnosed with a concussion. The doctor keeps her in the hospital overnight for observation and recommends that she takes time away from work. Is it recordable?

Answer: YES. The incident occurred in the work environment and is considered work-related. The recommendation from the doctor of time away from work means this should be recorded as days away on the OSHA 300 log. It also resulted in an overnight stay at the hospital so this incident must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours.