Stricter OSHA Reporting Rules Take Effect


Since January 1, 2015, the private-sector employers nationwide are facing stricter reporting requirements for injuries that take place on the job.

Employers were obligated to inform the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of any workplace accidents, or when three plus workers are in the hospital due to the same incident. OSHA’s new rules make it mandatory for employers to report all work related fatalities within eight hours of when the injury occurred as well as any in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or a loss of an eye within 24 hours of learning about it.

According to Patrick J. Griffin, OSHA area director in Providence, this will allow for them to look at companies that might have slipped under the radar. In addition, this will help them put their attention on companies with employees that are sustaining injuries that OSHA hasn’t been finding out about or at least hasn’t been notified of.

The new tracking requirements were changed as of Jan. 1. This change is aimed toward the cell tower industry; however, the employers who are partly exempt are still bound by the newly strengthened reporting requirements to report injuries. Employers will have three different options for reporting: calling the nearest area office during standard business hours; calling the 24-hour OSHA hotline; or filing out a report online.

Launch 3 Telecom, complying with OHSA and NATE regulations, ensures the safety of all our cell tower climbers. From consultation to installation, we see the project through to its flawless completion. Launch 3 Towers does not simply offer a quick fix; we provide a dependable and long-lasting relationship in comprehensive tower services. To learn even more about our tower service capabilities, contact Launch 3 at 877-878-9134 or email us at