Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features OSHA’s recent release of its “Seven Year Lookback Report” on its Severe Injury reporting requirement, which requires employers to report all severe work-related injuries, defined as an amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or loss of an eye.
The report summarizes the severe injuries reported by employers to OSHA from 2015 to 2021, with analysis by geographic region and industry sectors. OSHA estimates that the report covers approximately half of U.S. workers, as they cover incidents under federal OSHA jurisdiction only, and not those under state plan state jurisdiction. Key findings included that since reporting began, OSHA received 56,696 inpatient hospitalization SIRs and 18,559 amputation SIRs, with no eye losses reported. OSHA also noted that the pandemic likely contributed toward the 20% decrease in SIRs reported per day from 2019 to 2020, and that due to timing requirements, COVID-19 hospitalizations were generally not required to be reported.