Injury Reporting Requirements Aim to Keep California Workers Informed
Workplace injuries often follow trends. While it’s possible for a completely unexpected accident to take place, it’s more likely for several similar injuries to occur. These trends may not always catch the attention of management, particularly if employees don’t seek medical attention and don’t file for workers’ compensation. That’s why the state of California requires employers to submit an annual report of injuries and post a summary of incidents for employees.
Reporting 2018 Accidents and Illnesses
Cal/OSHA requires annual documentation of work-related injuries and illnesses. Documentation must be submitted between February 1 and April 30, giving employers plenty of time to compile information from the previous calendar year and submit thorough records. The state requires the completion of several forms. Employers must submit Form 300, a comprehensive log of injuries and illnesses. With that form, they can fill out 300A, which compiles the information into an easy-to-understand summary. Employers must post Form 300A in an easily accessible location. Information must be made available to current employees, former employees, and employee representatives.
What Information Must Be Included?
First, it’s important to know that only certain injuries and illnesses must be reported. An injury is considered work-related if an event at work causes a condition or exacerbates a preexisting condition. Any incident that takes place in the workplace is automatically assumed to be work-related. Employers must report injuries or illnesses that lead to death, time away from work, loss of consciousness, restricted work activity, or medical treatment beyond first aid.
The form includes information on the employee’s name, the employee’s job title, the date of the incident, where the incident occurred, which part of the body was affected, and what object or substance injured the employee. The summary form includes information on total number of deaths, total amount of days away from work, total cases with job restrictions, and total other cases. It also requires information on total amount of injuries, skin disorders, respiratory conditions, poisonings, hearing loss, and other types of illnesses.
Keeping Workers Safe in California
These forms are just one way that Cal/OSHA tries to keep employees safe. With these forms, employers and Cal/OSHA can look for trends in injuries and conduct an investigation into any troubling patterns. Making this information accessible to employees alerts workers to potential workplace dangers and encourages employees to report injuries or illnesses.
If a workplace incident leaves you sick or injured, you may qualify for workers’ compensation. Reporting your injury is just the first step. After you have reported the incident to your employer, seek medical attention and contact a workers’ compensation attorney.
Don’t Let a Workplace Injury Stop You in Your Tracks
Whether you’re facing debilitating injuries, a short-term loss of income, or a complete loss of future wages, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Call (909) 949-0317 to reach a team of experienced workers’ compensation lawyers in Upland, CA. At Donald S. Fair, we strive to protect workers and get you the compensation you deserve.