Some employers (not all) will have to file injury and illness reports with OSHA. These records will be made available to the public online beginning January 2017, according to OSHA's Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels.
New corporations with more than 250 employees will also have to comply with this rule, which will now cause the following forms to become publicly available on the internet: Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses; the Summary of Work-Related Injuries; and, Illnesses and the Injury and Illness Incident Report. This new rule also applies to companies with 20 to 249 employees classified in 67 high-hazardous industries.
This new rule will help those who have been injured on the job conduct an investigation of prior accidents to determine if an unsafe working condition has been present for a sufficient amount of time to have allowed the employer to correct the deficiency or defect.