Kay is working at a grocery store when her finger gets caught while she is closing her cash drawer. The accident occurred because she was distracted by a customer with a question. She requires stitches but can return to work the same day.
Does an OSHA report need to be filed?
a. No, the injury was the employee’s fault
b. Yes, assuming the store is subject to OSHA compliance
c. No, she was able to immediately return to work
d. Yes, all accidents should be reported to OSHA
Correct answer: Yes, assuming the store is subject to OSHA compliance
Since Kay is working at a grocery store, it is a fairly safe assumption that she has at least ten co-workers. Unless the store in any other way is exempt from OSHA compliance, having eleven or more employees makes them subject to OSHA reporting requirements and therefore Kay’s injury must be reported.