Every year in Minnesota, numerous workers are seriously injured or killed when they fall while performing their duties. Although the construction industry accounts for the highest number of fatal fall accidents, the health care, retail and wholesale industries have the highest number of fall injury accidents. Falls at work, either on the same level or to a lower level, occur in every industry, and they remain as a persistent safety risk.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will require employers under its jurisdiction to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours of occurrence. Additionally, all incidents that include in-patient hospitalization, amputations and losses of an eye must be reported within 24 hours of the employer being informed of the incident. Updates in reporting obligations are believed to improve workplace safety overall by reducing potential dangerous and hazardous conditions.