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What does electronic injury reporting do for employees?

Workplace safety is a priority not only for the employer, but it's also an employee's responsibility as well. You have likely gone through the rigors of safety training and certifications, particularly if your workplace is considered dangerous such as construction sites.

There are certain tasks left solely in the hands of your employer. Maintaining company records and reporting accidents and injuries is one of them. It not only helps track the prevalence of workplace injuries in general or specifically, but it can also help protect employees' workman's' compensation rights and reduce potential employer-abuse.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) added an electronic component to the mandatory reporting requirements to help bolster the protection.

How does the rule benefit employees?

The new OSHA rule requires employers to not only make work environments safer for all workers across the country, but the rules make data from these accident and illness reports public. Particular companies must electronically submit their records, thus making it easier for employees to learn about their potential or current company's safety track record. The rule becomes effective January 1, 2017.

The purpose of electronic data submissions is also meant to help improve accuracy of accident and illness reporting, as well. As an employee, you should receive information regarding your rights and be able to access the weekly reporting of work-related accidents or illnesses, rather than being discouraged from disclosing this type of information.

What is an employee's recourse?

If you have experienced an injury or an illness that is directly related to your job or that has occurred at the workplace, you may be entitled to workers' compensation in California. Because there are several forms required throughout the reporting process, your best recourse is to contact a lawyer for assistance and advice. That way, they can ensure you receive the best settlement possible.

The workers' compensation system in California is not based on fault, which means that it protects employers from personal injury lawsuits by employees. If this is the case, do the OSHA regulations have any teeth? Many OSHA regulations are in place to prevent injuries from occurring. When employers violate these laws, they can face serious fines and penalties.

If you are unsure of your right to workers' compensation after an injury or unsure whether you may have an additional claim against a third-party, that is ok. Just report the injury to your employer immediately, get medical help immediately and then call an attorney... you got it... immediately.

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