It is not enough for businesses in the Denver area to just report any workplace accidents that cause injury, illness or death; the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration also requires that the nearly every employer also display all of the job-related injuries in an easily accessible location within the workplace. Colorado employers have until April 30 to comply with the requirement.
The things that must be listed include such wide-ranging injuries and illnesses as cuts and sprains to amputations and death; from short-term illnesses to chronic conditions and poisonings. According to OSHA, any on-the-job fatality and all injuries or illnesses that seriously affect work must be reported. This could mean any condition that requires medical attention, includes loss of consciousness, or forces an employee to take some time off.
Of course, when these kinds of accidents or illnesses do happen, they are often compensable under the Colorado workers’ compensation program. Determining whether an injured employee is eligible, gathering the necessary evidence and navigating the often-unclear legal system can be difficult for someone without legal training, however. Rather, it is best to work with a workers’ compensation attorney who knows what will be best for each individual application for benefits.
While it is likely that the OSHA requirement that all injuries, illnesses and deaths must be posted is to help prevent against future accidents, they may be hard to completely eliminate. Though these accidents do keep employees from work and force them to receive medical attention, it is important to remember that there are legal options available when an employee is injured.
Source: Risk & Insurance Magazine, “Deadline to post injury/illness tallies approaching quickly,” March 4, 2013
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