Now, many employers’ injury data from Form 300A is available straight from the source: OSHA.
OSHA has released work-related injury and illness data on the Internet.
The records released by OSHA include:
- establishment name
- company that owns establishment
- industry description
- number of employees
- total deaths
- total Days Away From Work cases
- total Days Job Transfer or Restriction
- total other cases
- total injuries, and
- totals for skin disorders, respiratory conditions, poisonings and hearing loss.
The release follows two rulings in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases: one filed by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the other by Public Citizen Foundation.
This isn’t the first release of the OSHA injury data.
Public Citizen made records for more than 238,000 employers public on its website.
In that case, a U.S. District Court judge found the records weren’t confidential.
Electronic submission is required from employers with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and from employers with 20-249 employees that are classified in specific industries with high rates of injuries.
OSHA points out in its press release that the fact an employer provided data doesn’t mean the employer is at fault, that the employer has violated any OSHA requirements, that OSHA has found any violations, or that the employee is eligible for workers’ compensation.