Investigation summaries are developed after OSHA conducts an inspection in response to a fatality, catastrophe or employer-reported referral that results in an inspection. The
summaries provide a complete description of the incident, generally including events leading up to the incident and causal factors. These summaries can be searched by keyword, text in the
summary description, event date, and industry (SIC or NAICS). You can also search for a specific inspection (Inspection number (Inspection Nr)).
The summaries currently available include completed investigations from 1984. Summaries for later dates (investigations that were completed within the last year) may not be available, to provide time for OSHA staff to complete the investigation and allow for revisions to the summary, as necessary. Summaries must undergo a screening process for personal information and to add keywords, which may cause some additional delay in publishing.
NOTE TO USERS
The Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) was designed as an information resource for in-house use by OSHA staff and management, and by state agencies which carry out federally-approved OSHA programs. Access to this OSHA work product is being afforded via the Internet for the use of members of the public who wish to track OSHA interventions at particular work sites or to perform statistical analyses of OSHA enforcement activity. It is critical that users of the data understand several aspects of the system in order to accurately use the information.
The source of the information in the IMIS is the local federal or state office in the geographical area where the activity occurred. Information is entered as events occur in the course of agency activities. Until cases are closed, IMIS entries concerning specific OSHA inspections are subject to continuing correction and updating, particularly with regard to citation items, which are subject to modification by amended citations, settlement agreements, or as a result of contest proceedings. THE USER SHOULD ALSO BE AWARE THAT DIFFERENT COMPANIES MAY HAVE SIMILAR NAMES AND CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE ADDRESS MAY BE NECESSARY TO AVOID MISINTERPRETATION.
The Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) is designed and administered as a management tool for OSHA to help it direct its resources. When IMIS is put to new or different uses, the data should be verified by reference to the case file and confirmed by the appropriate federal or state office. Employers or employees who believe a particular IMIS entry to be inaccurate, incomplete or out-of-date are encouraged to contact the OSHA field office or state plan agency which originated the entry.