All Sticks and No Carrots in Sight, OSHA’s New Injury Tracking Rule, Eric Conn Explains

Eric J. Conn explains on the Masters of Disaster podcast last month’s breaking news, OSHA issued a new final rule to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” which requires hundreds of thousands of employers to submit electronically to OSHA their injury and illness record keeping logs (and in many instances, their detailed incident reports). More importantly, for no apparent safety reason, OSHA intends to publish employers’ injury data and incident reports online.  We discuss the possible consequences for employers and compliance difficulties.

Eric J. Conn is a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and Chair of the firm’s national OSHA Workplace Safety Practice Group. His practice focuses exclusively on issues involving occupational safety and health law.
 
Before founding Conn Maciel Carey, Mr. Conn was Head of an OSHA practice group that was honored as the “Occupational Health & Safety Law Firm of the Year” by Corporate INTL Magazine in its 2014 Global Awards. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a "Rising Star" by Washington, DC Super Lawyers, and was selected for inclusion in the Washington Post's Top Rated Lawyers list in Washington, DC.
 
Mr. Conn is a prolific writer on all topics OSHA related. He edited a popular OSHA law blog at another firm and authored the chapter "OSHA Inspections" in the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (Government Institutes, 2008), and the chapter "Defending Clients Against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Increasingly Severe Enforcement Practices" in Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act: Leading Lawyers on Navigating OSHA Investigations and Developing Successful Compliance Strategies (Aspatore, Inside the Minds, 2012).
 
Mr. Conn is also a popular speaker on OSHA and related legal issues and is often quoted as a leader in the field. He created the OSHA Defense Report Group on LinkedIn and can be found on Twitter as @OSHA_Guy.

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Conn Maciel Cary OSHA practice http://www.connmaciel.com/#!osha-workplace-safety/c1fm0
Final Rule Issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/finalrule/