OSHA: New Rule Enforced in Wyoming

A new rule has been revised and enforced by The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The rule declares an employer must notify the administration when an employee is just seriously in a work-related injury.

In a press release, The Department of Workforce services released that injuries regarding losing an eye, amputation, and hospitalization must be reported within 24 hours of the circumstance.

Employers reporting a fatality, inpatient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye to OSHA must report the following information:

  • Establishment name
  • Location of the work-related incident
  • Time of the work-related incident
  • Type of reportable event (i.e., fatality, inpatient, hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye)
  • Number of employees who suffered the event
  • Names of the employees who suffered the event
  • Contact person and his or her phone number
  • Brief description of the work-related incident

Employers do not have to report an event if it:

  • Resulted from a motor vehicle accident on
    a public street or highway. Employers must report the event if it happened in a construction work zone.
  • Occurred on a commercial or public transportation system (airplane, subway, bus, ferry, streetcar, light rail, train).
  • Occurred more than 30 days after the work- related incident in the case of a fatality or more than 24 hours after the work-related incident in the case of an inpatient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye.

Employers do not have to report an inpatient hospitalization if it was for diagnostic testing or observation only. An inpatient hospitalization is defined as a formal admission to the inpatient service of a hospital or clinic for care or treatment.

Employers do have to report an inpatient hospitalization due to a heart attack, if the heart attack resulted from a work-related incident.

Before this revised rule, an employer was only required to notify administration of the agency if three or more employees were hospitalized for the same incident, or if death occurred. Any workplace fatality must still be reported by an employer to administration within 8 hours of finding out about them.

How to report an event to OSHA:

  • Call the nearest OSHA Area Office during normal business Hours
  • Call the 24-hour OSHA hotline 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)
  • New online version of communication – that will be available soon at www.osha.gov

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