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Employers must record at-work ‘horseplay’ injuries

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

If your organization is required to keep track of employees’ injuries, take note of a new OSHA interpretation letter. It confirms that injuries suffered at the workplace as a result of “horseplay” and certain other nonwork-related activities must be recorded in OSHA logs, as long as the injury meets regular recording criteria (such as requiring medical treatment beyond first aid).

The interpretation letter related to an incident in which a supervisor cut another with a knife while goofing off in the staff locker room. Only certain types of workplace injuries are exempt from record-keeping, including injuries resulting from personal food preparation and on-site car accidents that occur during the commute.

Note: For details on which employers must keep records on employees’ injuries (and which forms you must use), go to www.osha.gov/recordkeeping

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