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Q169 - Cactus Mishap

Question: 

An employee was handing a fuel receipt to their supervisor on a windy day and it blew out of their hands and into vegetation by the side of the road. The employee went after the receipt and tripped. His face landed in a cactus and he scratched his cornea and damaged the lens of his eye. The injury resulted in a prescription and an eye patch. Is it recordable?

Answer:

YES. The injury is work-related and resulted in medical treatment beyond first aid. The prescription is considered medical treatment but the eye patch is only considered first aid.

OSHA's First Aid List

1904.7(a)Basic requirement. You must consider an injury or illness to meet the general recording criteria, and therefore to be recordable, if it results in any of the following: death, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness. You must also consider a case to meet the general recording criteria if it involves a significant injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional, even if it does not result in death, days away from work, restricted work or job transfer, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness.