Stray Bullet

Question: A lineman is climbing a utility pole. The employee cries out suddenly and shortly thereafter goes limp. The employee is rescued from the pole and rushed to the ER where they discover a bullet wound and spends several days in critical condition in the hospital. It is believed that the bullet came from an individual who broke the rules at a nearby shooting range by firing his rifle into the air. Is it recordable?

Answer: YES. The injury occurred during in the work environment and is subject to the presumption of work-relatedness. OSHA recordkeeping is no-fault and therefore, even if this was not a preventable incident, it is still recordable due to it being work-related and resulted in lost time.