Worker Produces Fewer Goods or Services

Question: An employee disturbs an anthill while installing a pole into the ground for testing weather resistance for a new solar panel encapsulant. The ant bites are primarily on the employee's hands, are painful, itchy and become swollen. An occupational health nurse recommends an OTC Benadryl anti-itch ointment and the employee returns to work full time. The primary job duty of the employee requires dexterity in his hands due to manipulation of small electrical components and soldering capacitors, resistors and wires. The employee's ability to produce product drops dramatically 80% and the company trains a second employee to temporarily assist the employee and maintain needed production levels. Is it recordable?

Answer: NO. The case is considered restricted work only if the worker does not perform all of the routine functions of his or her job or does not work the full shift that he or she would otherwise have worked.

1904.7(b)(4)(ii) What is meant by "routine functions"? For recordkeeping purposes, an employee's routine functions are those work activities the employee regularly performs at least once per week.

1904.7(b)(4)(vi) If the injured or ill worker produces fewer goods or services than he or she would have produced prior to the injury or illness but otherwise performs all of the routine functions of his or her work, is the case considered a restricted work case? No, the case is considered restricted work only if the worker does not perform all of the routine functions of his or her job or does not work the full shift that he or she would otherwise have worked.