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Q156 - Injury From 6 Years Prior


A long-term employee reports they were injured 6 years ago while at work, which resulted in surgery. The employee was afraid to report the injury because he did not want to ruin the company safety goals. Is it recordable?


NO. While it would normally be recordable, OSHA only requires employers to save and update 5 years of records. Since this incident occurred 6 years ago, it does not need to be recorded on the log because the log no longer exists.

1904.33(b)(1) Do I have to update the OSHA 300 Log during the five-year storage period? Yes, during the storage period, you must update your stored OSHA 300 Logs to include newly discovered recordable injuries or illnesses and to show any changes that have occurred in the classification of previously recorded injuries and illnesses. If the description or outcome of a case changes, you must remove or line out the original entry and enter the new information.

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