February 1st is an important date for most workplaces. That's when workplaces that fall under the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSH Act) must post OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. The summary must be posted through April 30, even if there were no recordable injuries or illnesses and each column total is zero.
Filling out Form 300A (and the related OSHA Forms 300 and 301) often falls by the wayside, whether due to more pressing concerns, a lack of trained safety personnel, or deliberate under-reporting to hide unsafe conditions. Whatever the reason, know that OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) does not take record-keeping violations lightly, especially willful violations. Here's a case that provides great incentive for ensuring that OSHA forms are filled out properly.
Last year, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas) upheld ...(register to read more)