Valerie Butera Quoted in “OSHA Says Injury Report Tally Falls Short in First Year of Revised Rule”

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Valerie Butera, a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Business Insurance, in “OSHA Says Injury Report Tally Falls Short in First Year of Revised Rule,” by Gloria Gonzalez. (Read the full version – registration or subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

“OSHA believes that many severe injuries — perhaps 50% or more — are not being reported,” a belief partly based on injury claim numbers provided by state workers compensation programs, Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels said in the report.

The majority of first-year reports were filed by large employers, particularly in the construction and manufacturing industries, according to OSHA. On the hospitalization side, 26% of the reports were filed by employers in the manufacturing sector, while 19% were filed by those in the construction industry — the largest sources of reports. Manufacturers were also responsible for 57% of the amputation reports filed with the agency.

“Those people are the ones who know what's going on with OSHA because they've been putting up with this forever,” said Valerie Butera, a Washington-based member of the labor and employment practice of Epstein Becker & Green P.C. “Michaels believes that people just don't know about the rule, so he intends on doing all kinds of outreach to help employers learn that all employers have to do this reporting if the incident qualifies. It will be interesting to see how successful they're going to be with their outreach and education programs.”