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Q177 - Falling Boiler
An explosion launched a car-sized boiler through the roof of a company across the street from where an employee was working in an office. The boiler smashed down through the ceiling of the building and killed the employee. Is it recordable?
YES. The incident occurred during the workday and there is no listed exception for incidents caused by third parties. The fatality is also reportable and must be reported to OSHA within 8 hours.
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.