The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that more than half of serious work-related injuries or fatalities are not being reported, with the conclusion being drawn from many factors including an evaluation of the types of employers who made injury or fatality reports last year. The majority of reports came from larger employers which demonstrates that mid and smaller employers may not be aware of the rule change made in January of 2015.
There were approximately 4,600 fatal work related injuries recorded across the nation in 2014 which shows the severity of the problem. However many employers do not see the importance behind these reports:
Unfortunately, many employers do not realize the significance of providing accurate injury and fatality reports to OSHA. Each time a severe accident or injury is reported to OSHA, it represents a time when an unsuspecting employee simply went to work one day and did not come home the same. In many cases, victims suffered injuries and emotional trauma so severe that their lives, and the lives of their family members were changed forever. Sadly, many never came home. By accurately reporting incidents that result in hospitalization or death in the workplace, employers can help reduce hazards and ensure that fewer workers are victim to such trauma.