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Q185 - Bring Your Pet to Work 2


During a bring your pet to work day, one employee brought a pet hamster to the office. The hamster bit his ear while he was showing him off and later was found dead in his office. An autopsy found he had a bad reaction to a protein in the hamster's saliva that brought a fatal case of anaphylaxis. Is it recordable?


YES. There is no exception for injuries caused by animals (even pets) at work. 

1904.5(a) 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

How to Report a Fatality


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