It should be made to enhance the collection of injury information — a shift that may have a definite effect on tower construction firms as well as the way they go along with reporting injury data.
The recently finalized rule enhances OSHA’s reporting guidelines by asking for differently-sized employers in high-hazard sectors to submit injury as well as illness information to OSHA electronically. It develops on a currently existing rule that requires these companies to submit document forms of injury and illness data to the agency.
What’s new at this point is the improvement of the electronic submission specification.
In particular, certain businesses — like tower construction — with more than 250 workers covered by the recordkeeping regulation should electronically publish information from their injury records (in legalese, a form referred to as OSHA 300), their year-end overview of injuries, (OSHA 300A) as well as their individual incident reports (OSHA 301) each year.
The majority of tower construction as well as maintenance contractors are small companies with just under 250 employees and are under the requirement to electronically submit the OSHA form 300A, and summary log form which was stated by Todd Schlekeway, executive director of the National Association of Tower Erectors.
The new specifications take effect Aug. 10, 2016, with data submissions starting in 2017. OSHA plans to publish the recorded information on a publicly accessible database.