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OSHA sets new rules for job-related accident reporting

Regulations and guidelines that govern workers' compensation claims and workplace accidents vary from state to state. These variances can be rather substantial, depending on individual circumstances. Therefore, North Carolina workers could benefit from staying up-to-date on the workers' compensation rules in their state. In a recent decision, OSHA issued new rules concerning the filing of a job-related accident report when a worker has suffered an injury in the workplace.

The revision was put into place by the U.S. Department of Labor. The new requirements state that employers must report certain injuries within 24 hours of their occurrences. Previously, only incidents that necessitated more than three weeks' hospitalization or those that resulted in fatalities needed to be reported.

Some states have significantly higher injury rates than others. OSHA representatives believe the new rules will provide valuable information that might help decrease those numbers. An OSHA representative in a state with a high fatality number stated that he believes the new rules will help determine workplaces where employees are at the greatest risk.

After an injury has been reported and a job-related accident report has been filed, there is sometimes a need for legal help. When a benefit claim has been denied or a worker has other legal issues to address, an experienced attorney can be an invaluable ally. In North Carolina, there are attorneys available with experience in workplace accident cases. An injured worker can contact one of these professionals if he or she wishes to discuss the details of his or her situation and explore his or her legal options.

Source: wyomingbuisnessreport.com, "Feds want to know if you poke your eye out at work", Oct. 19, 2015

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