Under current OSHA rules, companies must report within 24 hours whenever three or more employees require hospitalization as a result of a workplace injury.
Starting in January 2015, however, companies will be required to report each individual employee injury that requires hospitalization, which presumably means that previously unreported injuries will now be reported. Companies will also be required to report instances of employee amputation and eye loss within 24 hours. The data will be available online in the form of future OSHA safety reports.
It's safe to say that some business groups don't like the impending changes very much. It'll be interesting to see how this rule change impacts legal cases filed on behalf of injured employees, and if it has any affect on internet-savvy job applicants in the age of the online customer review. Will Yelp-using job applicants start factoring this more detailed, online OSHA workplace safety data into their decision to apply, or take the job? Stay tuned.