As of January 1st, 2015 there has been a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Employers are now required to report ALL work related fatalities within 8 hours of occurrence and all worker hospitalizations, amputations and loss of the eye(s) within 24 hours of finding about the incident happening.
Previous to this updated standard, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident. With these new requirements, there is now a life saving purpose, which is to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious hazards in the workplace.
There are now three ways of reporting an incident to OSHA.