Builders Must Post 2005 Job-Related Injuries and Illnesses
It’s once again the time of year when home builders and other employers with more than 10 employees are being reminded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that they must post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year.
Employers are required to post OSHA Form 300A — not the OSHA 300 Log — from Feb. 1 to April 30 in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Employers must make a copy of the summary available to employees who move from work site to work site, such as construction workers, or who do not report to any fixed place on a regular basis.
The summary must list the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2005 and that were logged on the OSHA 300 form. Employment information about the annual average number of employees and total hours worked during the calendar year is also required for the calculation of incidence rates.
Companies that recorded no injuries or illnesses last year must still post the form, with zeroes on the total line.
The summaries must be certified by a company executive.
A list of industries in the retail, services, finance and real estate sectors that are exempt from this posting requirement are available on OSHA’s Web site.
All employers who are covered by OSHA are required to report verbally within eight hours to the nearest OSHA office all accidents that result in a fatality or in the hospitalization of three or more employees.
For copies of OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301, which are available on the OSHA Recordkeeping Web page, click here.
Several states that operate their own state OSHA programs may have adopted recordkeeping requirements that are different from those presented here. If you live in a state with its own State Occupational Safety and Health Plan, you should contact your local program administrator for further information on the recordkeeping regulations applicable in your state.
For more information, e-mail George Middleton at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8590.
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