New CAL/OSHA Reporting Penalties
Effective January 30, 2003 the minimum civil penalty has been increased to $5,000.00 for failure to report a fatality or serious injury or illness to the Division of CAL/OSHA. Only the amount of the penalty has been changed, not the reporting requirements. If a fatal or serious injury or illness to an employee occurs the employer must report by telephone or fax to the nearest district office of the Division (refer to your Cal/OSHA poster) no longer than 8 hours after the employer knows or with diligent inquiry would have known of the incident.
Incidents requiring reporting to the Division within 8 hours:
- Fatal injury to an employee
- Serious injury or illness to employee
A serious injury or illness is defined as:
- Loss of a member of the body (e.g., amputation); or
- Serious degree of permanent disfigurement (e.g., crushing or severe burn type injuries); or
- In-patient hospitalization in excess of 24 hours for other than observation
Employers are not required to report any injury or illness or death caused by an accident on a public street or highway.
Information required to be reported to the Division:
- Time and date of accident.
- Employer’s name, address and telephone number.
- Name and job title, or badge number of person reporting the accident.
- Address of site of accident or event.
- Name of person to contact at site of accident.
- Name and address of injured employee(s).
- Nature of injury.
- Location where injured employee(s) was (were) moved to.
- List and identity of other law enforcement agencies present at the site of accident.
- Description of accident and whether the accident scene or instrumentality has been altered.