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OSHA News: Update on New Injury Reporting Requirements

osha logoSince Jan. 1, 2015, employers have been required to report any severe work-related injury – defined as a hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye – within 24 hours. OSHA’s requirement to report a fatality within 8 hours remains unchanged.  During the first full year of OSHA’s new reporting requirement, employers reported 10,388 severe injuries, including 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. With a full year of the new and more stringent reporting requirements in the rear view mirror, many are left wondering what has changed?  Employers are filling out more paper work, but is the reporting requirement having a positive impact on workplace safety?

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All guardrail that is protecting an opening or leading edge must be able to support 200 pounds on the top rail and 150 pounds on the midrail in any direction?