Osha Hopes New Rule Will Reduce Construction Accidents

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a new rule requiring expanded electronic reporting by medium and large-sized construction companies across the country and in the Bakken region. OSHA hopes increased transparency will promote workplace safety.

New Requirements

According to a May 11 press release, as of August 10, 2016, OSHA requires employers with 20-249 employees to transmit all form 300-A data to OSHA electronically. Furthermore, companies with 250 or more employees must include information from Forms 300 and 301 in their electronic data transmission.

Effort to Promote Safety

However, OSHA says the new record-keeping rules will "nudge" companies to promote safer work environments that reduce construction accidents. OSHA assistant secretary David Michaels explained the logic behind the new reporting requirements. He says that when injury/bonus records are made public, there is an opportunity for business to demonstrate to customers, potential future employees and investors that it is a safe operator.

Any effort that reduces workplace injuries and fatalities over time is welcome. The number off fatalities in the construction industry is rising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 899 construction industry accidents in 2014, an increase of 15.1 percent over the 781 deaths reported in 2011.

There has been some debate in the industry about the new rule, with some expressing concern that the new rule may expose sensitive private company information.

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