Informing OSHA of Warehouse Accidents

Accidents are an unfortunate part of life in warehouses. Although sound safety practices can keep them to a minimum, there is no way to prevent these incidents entirely. When accidents do occur, part of the process is informing OSHA, and the paperwork can be quite extensive. Here is a look at what they’ll need to know.

New OSHA recordkeeping requirements have been put in place this year. Reports will be sent to OSHA electronically, who will then report the accident to the public on its website. What constitutes an accident or incident? For OSHA, anything that results in a loss of consciousness, time off work, medical treatment that extends beyond basic first aid, death, a job transfer or restricted work activity qualifies and must be reported.

What You’ll Need to Supply

First of all, OSHA will want to know the employee’s identity, unless there are some privacy issues at play. They will also want to know where and when the accident occurred. Businesses will be required to describe the case in specific detail and then categorize its seriousness based on the most severe outcome brought about by it.

Many firms turn to advanced telematics system to help document vital facts related to the case as some of the forms can be quite complicated. For example, form 301 asks for a lot of details from the time before the incident occurred all the way through to the response of personnel afterward. They’ll also need to know the qualifications of the forklift operator and the maintenance data of all of the forklifts that were involved in the incident. You’ll also have to prove that the operator received hands-on and classroom training.

With as many as 90,000 injuries and 100 fatalities occurring in the industry each year, it is vital to have properly qualified forklift drivers, well-maintained equipment, safety checklists, and a good system to monitor traffic flow in every warehouse.

This blog post was based off of an article from TotalTrax, Inc. View the original here.

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