U.S. Secretary of Labor Texas Matter, OSHRC Docket No. 07-0359 (Texas 2007)
Deffebach, Matthew Thomas
Services: Employment Litigation
, Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and Workplace Disasters
, Labor and Employment
A recent decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission provides employers who must log workplace injuries and report workplace fatalities some latitude as to when an injury or fatality is “work-related.” Specifically, in a matter in which Haynes and Boone represented the employer/respondent, the Commission clarified that simply because a fatality or injury occurs while at work, this is insufficient to presume the cause was work-related to trigger OSHA reporting or presumably injury-log recording duties. Rather, the Secretary of Labor must present evidence of a work-related event or exposure.