The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is endlessly thinking of ways to ensure that workers find it easy to report accidents that have happened to them at their workplace. This endeavor comes in the package of a new online form.
Filling out an online form that details the accident that have transpired in your workplace due to the lack of safety measures at your work site – may it be a plant, a farm, a construction area, or an office – is the third line of defense in these types of situations, behind calling OSHA national and local offices or visiting an OSHA office near one’s place of residence or work. Reporting of an accident is not only a prerogative for an employee hurt in a workplace accident, it is also a requirement for employers to do within 24 hours – especially in the most severe of workplace accidents such as a death, an amputation, or a loss of an eye.
The online form paints a detailed description of the incident via the following identifiers: business name; name of the injured or deceased employee; time and location of the accident; description of what happened in the accident; the number of fatalities and injuries; the object or substance that caused the fatality or injuries; whether the accident caused fatality; hospitalization; amputation or loss of an eye; name and phone number of an emergency contact person.
According to attorneys at the Abel Law Firm, one recent workplace fatality happened at Woodville, Wisconsin-based St. Croix Castings, Inc., maker of medium- to small-volume aluminum castings in sand and permanent molds on Friday, January 22 at around 2:27 p.m., with Woodville Police Chief Lori Hetfeld calling the incident “n industrial accident”.
The deceased was identified as 41-year-old Baldwin resident Brian Dennis Omann. Woodville police, the St. Croix County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the OSHA are investigating the situation.