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Q134 - BEES!

Question: 

Two employees are clearing vegetation behind an old warehouse that will likely be sold at an auction when they disturb a beehive. Both employees receive multiple bee stings. One employee requires emergency medical care and spends several days in the hospital. The second employee uses an ice pack to treat minor swelling on his arm and returns to work.  Is it recordable?

Answer:

YES and NO. The employee who was hospitalized should be recorded as days away from work on the log and his in-patient hospitalization must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours (click here for more details). The second employee received first aid only and did not receive medical treatment, work restrictions or miss any work and therefore his incident should not be recorded.

Letter of Interpretation: OSHA has consistently taken the position that insect bites or animal bites on premises are work related.