There were 23,282 severe injuries reported to OSHA between January 2015 and April 2017. However, the true number of severe injuries during that period may be much higher according to the former assistant secretary for OSHA. Companies in Pennsylvania and elsewhere may be concerned about what could happen if they accurately report all severe injuries. For instance, they could be worried that an inspection will occur and uncover other safety violations.
Pennsylvania companies have a legal obligation to provide employees with a safe place to work. That means heeding regulations published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, among other requirements. OSHA has issued reminders for companies that have employees working in hot conditions to prevent heat illness. Employers are required by OSHA standards to establish heat illness prevention programs. The key elements of such programs are rest, water, and shade.