Companies are only required to keep track of workplace injuries and illnesses and post summaries in the workplace so employees can access them
New York, N.Y (PRWEB) November 29, 2013
For the first time, large companies with more than 250 employees, would be required to make their worker injury and illness records public, if a new rule proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) takes effect. According to a Nov. 7 report in The Wall Street Journal, the new proposal will significantly change the current workplace-safety reporting practices by requiring companies to file these reports electronically, which would in turn be made available to the general public as well as company employees, other companies, public officials and attorneys.
The Journal reports that this is part of a continuing effort by the Obama administration to use public disclosures and have companies comply with workplace safety laws. Currently, these companies are only required to keep track of workplace injuries and illnesses and post summaries in the workplace so employees can access them. The detailed information about these incidents is not available to the public and is often not provided in a timely manner to those who request it, according to the article. While employers say public attention can "present a distorted view of safety practices," safety advocates say it will provide added incentives to employers to ensure that their workplaces are safe, the article states.
New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm, who represents injured workers, says this rule will help increase transparency. "It's extremely difficult for plaintiffs' attorneys to get information from inside the workplace. This new rule can help hold companies accountable by requiring them to make their injury and illness records public."
The new rule will also, hopefully, act as a deterrent to those employers who may be breaking the law, Wilhelm said. "It targets the most dangerous workplaces and those employers who refuse to make the necessary changes and ensure that they are providing a safe environment for their employees. If public embarrassment is the only way to spur these employers and eliminate life threatening hazards in the workplace, so be it." Our law firm has recovered many millions of dollars for victims of workplace injuries, and in one of our cases $3,375,576 (Index Number: 113585/2003, Supreme Court, New York County) was recovered for the injured worker.
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