Photo courtesy Greg Younger
Photo courtesy Greg Younger

OSHA is in the final stages of a ruling that will allow them to create a public database of workplace injuries and illness, which is scheduled for March completion. What concerns employers most about this database is that an employers' efforts to investigate those severe cases and address safety issues can be used against them. 

LEXOLOGY'S David Smith takes a look at this ruling and just how much it could hurt employers: 

This should be a serious concern for employers because the root cause submitted by the employer often identifies some fault on the employer’s part. In fact, OSHA seems to expect that the root cause in all reported cases will be identified as the employer’s, and not the worker’s, fault. 

For more information on how OSHA's workplace accident investigation database can be used against employers, head over to LEXOLOGY

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