Access to Employee Accidents via the Web

As we have discussed on our blog in previous days, there are many new changes that OSHA is undergoing.  Another change that is underway, is the public access to employee accidents.

OSHA has now begun publishing employer specific information online via OSHA’s website, about worker fatalities and that result in hospitalization of 3 or more workers.  The information report that goes on OSHA’s web site includes the employer’s name, location, date of the incident, and a brief description of the incident.  However the report does not include the workers name.

There is much buzz regarding whether or not this information should be viewed by the general public.  There are some people that feel that such information will give a negative view of a company which could result in making it difficult to recruit new employee’s or generate new business.  On the other end of the spectrum you have those who feel that by having this information readily available it will allow management officials to review such incidents and create a safer work environment for their employees.

So how do you feel about such information being posted on the web?  Leave your comments below and let us know if you think the direction that OSHA is taking on making this information public will help or hinder a company.