Feds to Publish Company on-the-job Injury Data
By 2017, the government will begin to publish data on the on-the-job injuries and illnesses from high-risk occupations.
On May 11, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new rule that will require many employers to electronically submit workplace injuries and illnesses. Those reports will then be uploaded to the OSHA website.
"Essentially, this rule takes what was an internal record-keeping process and makes it public," said Rob Ratton, Labor and Employment Attorney at Fisher and Phillips.
OSHA's goal is for the data to encourage employers to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, while employment attorney's fear that the data will be misconstrued.
Ratton believes that unions, competitors, or the general public can misconstrue the information and use it against companies.
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