OSHA announced last year it would post employer injury reports on a public website where they would be accessible to anyone. So far, only fatality reports have been posted, raising doubts whether OSHA had rolled back the broader reporting effort. But now the agency has made clear it will go through with its plans. Under one provision, employers are required to investigate the circumstances of an injury and file a report. That information could be included in the OSHA database, which might be searched by an OSHA compliance officer and used to file a "serious" or "willful" violation against the employer. "This should be a serious concern for employers because the root cause submitted by the employer often identifies some fault on the employer’s part," writes David Smith of the law firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete.
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