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Fatality and Severe Injury Reporting

Region 2 VPP Sites:

FYI – On September 13, 2018, the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report regarding OSHA’s Fatality and Severe Injury Reporting Program (link provided below). OIG found OSHA did not know the total number of work-related fatalities and severe injuries, and had limited assurance employers abated hazards properly. Estimates show that employers do not report 50 percent or more of severe injuries.

All VPP participants should be aware that OSHA revised VPP Memo #7 on May 30, 2018. The revised VPP Memo #7 states: “When a fatality/catastrophe is deemed work-related (program-related) or the participant fails to report a fatality/catastrophe or other significant incident within the required statutory time period to the Region, and citations are issued, the RA will issue a "Notice of Intent to Terminate" (ITT) within 30 calendar days of citation issuance...” You can download a copy of the memo from OSHA’s VPP website using the link below:

This may be a good time to review the OSHA standard for fatality and severe injury reporting with your coworkers to ensure your site meets the required timelines for incident reporting.

29 CFR, Part 1904.39, Reporting fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye as a result of work-related incidents to OSHA.


Within eight (8) hours after the death of any employee as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the fatality to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor.


Within twenty-four (24) hours after the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employees or an employee's amputation or an employee's loss of an eye, as a result of a work-related incident, you must report that in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye to OSHA.


You must report the fatality, inpatient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye using one of the following methods:


By telephone or in person to the OSHA Area Office that is nearest to the site of the incident.


By telephone to the OSHA toll-free central telephone number, 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742).


By electronic submission using the reporting application located on OSHA's public Web site at

More information is available on OSHA’s Report a Fatality or Severe Injury webpage:

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