Question: While completing a task in the woods alone, an employee is injured. The employee claims he was attacked and injured by Bigfoot before he managed to escape. The employee received medical treatment. Is it recordable?
Answer: YES, it is recordable. Regardless of the cause (animal, weather, terrorist, aggressive customer, BIGFOOT or rabid squirrel) an injury that occurs in the work environment is presumed to be work-related. The employee received medical treatment beyond first aid, which makes the incident recordable. 1904.5(a) Basic requirement. You must consider an injury or illness to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing injury or illness. Work-relatedness is presumed for injuries and illnesses resulting from events or exposures occurring in the work environment, unless an exception in §1904.5(b)(2) specifically applies