05Sep 2017

Ask the Expert – Workplace Injury Reporting

Question: One of my employees had an accident at work and was severely injured. He was hospitalized for more than one day. Am I required to report this workplace injury to Cal/OSHA or will my claims adjuster do this?

Answer:  Employers must immediately report to Cal/OSHA any serious injury, illness, or death of an employee occurring in a place of employment or in connection with any employment.

Immediately means reporting the workplace injury as soon as practically possible but not longer than eight hours after the employer knows, or with diligent inquiry would have known, of the death or serious injury or illness. If the employer can demonstrate that circumstances exist that prevented the employer finding out about the injury, the time frame for the report may be extended to no longer than 24 hours after the incident.

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