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New way of recording workplace injuries and illnesses proposed by OSHA

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has presented proposed rules to better workplace safety and health through a more transparent tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The public sector is given until Feb. 6, 2014 (90 days) to comment and make suggestions regarding the proposed rule, of which details will be announced in a meeting to be conducted by OSHA officials on Jan. 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

OSHA has proposed to amend the current way of storing data on employee injury and illness information by adding a format that would make it possible for electronic submission of data, with the goal of making records accessible to the public and easy to locate.

Records that are up-to-date and industry-specific will make it easier for OSHA to assist workers and enforce measures that would cater to the needs of at-risk workers, while at the same time making it possible for employers to compare injury rates with their industry competitors.

We at Spiros Law, P.C., understand the pain and frustration that people in Champaign who are injured on the job feel, especially when this causes financial burdens as well. Fortunately for those in this situation, workers’ compensation benefits may be available. To find out more about these benefits and how we might be able to help you apply for them, call our offices at 217-328-2828.