Posted by Greg LaRochelle
In most cases, employers need only to record work-related injuries and illnesses on the OSHA 300 form without a need to contact OSHA. However, as stated in 29 CFR 1904.39, Reporting Fatalities and Multiple Hospitalization Incidents to OSHA.
Within eight (8) hours after the death of any employee from a work-related incident or the in-patient hospitalization of three or more employees as a result of a work-related incident, you must orally report the fatality/ multiple hospitalization by telephone or in person to the Area Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor, that is nearest to the site of the incident. You may also use the OSHA toll-free central telephone number, 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
Additionally, and to the point of this blog, 1910.217(g)(1) requires the reporting of employee injuries involving the operation of mechanical power presses:
The employer shall report, within 30 days of the occurrence, all point-of-operation injuries to operators or other employees to either the Director of the Directorate of Standards and Guidance at OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210 or electronically at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/mechanical.html; or to the State Agency administering a plan approved by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
The URL address above provides access to an electronic form that can be submitted online or mailed. The form contains several drop-down menus for inputting the appropriate information pertaining to the incident and operational features of the power press.
For more information, check out the following OSHA link, on compliance requirements for the operation of mechanical power presses.