OSHA considers certain types of incidents as recordable cases. Any incident that involves the death of a worker is recordable, as is any accident that involves a worker losing consciousness or missing days of work because of the injury or illness. Other reasons an incident could be recordable includes restriction of duties on the job after an accident because of a medical condition or the need for medical treatment that is beyond basic first aid because of a work-related incident.
Other recordable cases include illnesses that were diagnosed by a physician that are then tied to a work environment, including cancer, bone fractures or breaks or punctures to the eardrum. Some industries come with greater likelihoods that a worker will experience some specific recordable injuries, such as a needle stick that exposes a worker to blood belonging to someone else, which is most likely to occur in a health care environment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration uses reports of recordable cases to calculate things such as incidence rates for individual employers and for industries as a whole. Individuals should understand what type of incident is a work-related injury so they know when it is appropriate to seek compensation for injuries under workers’ compensation plans. If you have any questions or doubts about your injury, speaking with a legal professional can help you understand your options.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Safety and Health Definitions,” accessed Feb. 12, 2016