Q: Do I have to report the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye if it resulted from a motor vehicle accident on a public street or highway?

A: If the motor vehicle accident occurred in a construction work zone, you must report the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. If the motor vehicle accident occurred on a public street or highway, but not in a construction work zone, you do not have to report the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye to OSHA. However, the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye must be recorded on your OSHA injury and illness records, if you are required to keep such records.

 

Q: Do I have to report the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye if it occurred on a commercial or public transportation system? 

A: No, you do not have to report the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye to OSHA if it occurred on a commercial or public transportation system (e.g., airplane, train, subway, or bus). However, the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye must be recorded on your OSHA injury and illness records, if you are required to keep such records.

 

Q: Do I have to report a work-related fatality or in-patient hospitalization caused by a heart attack? 

A: Yes, your local OSHA Area Office director will decide whether to investigate the event, depending on the circumstances of the heart attack.

 

Q: What if the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye does not occur during or right after the work-related incident? 

A: You must only report a fatality to OSHA if the fatality occurs within thirty (30) days of the work-related incident. For an in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye, you must only report the event to OSHA if it occurs within twenty-four (24) hours of the work-related incident. However, the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye must be recorded on your OSHA injury and illness records, if you are required to keep such records.