When it comes to workplace accidents, there are many different issues to take into consideration, from determining whether an employee is eligible for benefits to litigation. Moreover, a very important aspect of workers’ compensation is the initial reporting of an injury. However, employers are not always required to report injuries.
It is pivotal for injured workers who are unsure if they are covered by workers’ comp as well as employers to understand some of the situations in which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not require employers to report injuries that occur in a workplace environment.
Injuries that employers do not have to report
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are a number of instances when employers do not have to report injuries that occur in a workplace environment. For example, if an employee is hurt as a result of a self-inflicted injury or they were in the workplace as part of the general public and not an employee, employers do not need to report the injury. The flu and common cold do not require a report and if a worker chokes on food while eating at work, employers do not have to report this.
Injuries that occur outside of the workplace
Employers are not required to report traffic crashes that occur in a company’s parking space while a worker is traveling to or from work. If an employee is traveling for work purposes and they suffer an injury as a result of a personal detour, employers are not obligated to report the injury. Moreover, injuries that occur while an employee is traveling for work purposes do not require reporting if the incident occurred outside of a work environment.