OSHA Recordable Injuries – Unique Cases

Q We had an employee who was stung by a bee and went into anaphylactic shock. Would this be considered an injury or a respiratory condition for the Form 300?

A Insect bites and stings are classified as injuries on the OSHA Form 300.

Q We had an associate sustain a contusion and minor abrasion to the right hand (no bleeding). The associate was treated with first aid by our on-site medical provider and sent back to work. Approximately two weeks later the associate returned to on-site medical with a swelled hand and pain. He was immediately sent to the doctor and given an antibiotic for infection. The doctor stated that the infection may have come from the associate not properly treating the abrasion. Is this now a recordable case even though it was caused by improper care which is out of our control?

A Yes, this is a recordable injury because the infection resulted from the work-related abrasion. The fact that it is partially due to improper treatment is not a consideration for recordability.

Q We had an employee fall and chip a tooth. He went to the dentist and had a small cap placed on the tooth. Is this considered a recordable injury?

A Yes. A case involving a chipped or broken tooth is considered a significant injury when diagnosed by a physician or other health care professional. Work-related significant injuries are automatically recordable.