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August 31, 1993
Mr. Mike France
123 Francois Drive
Lafayette, Louisiana 70507
Dear Mr. France:
Thank you for your letter dated May 25, requesting an interpretation on the proper recording of two cases on the OSHA Log of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA 200). Please excuse the lengthy delay in our response. Your letter was forwarded to my office by the Dallas Regional Office. My Division of Recordkeeping Requirements is responsible for the maintenance of the OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping system nationwide. Whenever possible, I will refer to the enclosed Recordkeeping Guidelines for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses by stating the relevant page and Q&A numbers.
Any days away or days of restricted work activity associated with the additional damage to the employee's knee caused by the "physical therapist malpractice" must be counted and applied to the original knee injury case. The affected employee would not have suffered these additional days but for the original occupational knee injury (see Q&A F-17, page 45). For the same reasoning, the case involving the employee's smashed thumb would be classified as a recordable fatality. The employee would not have suffered the adverse reaction to the medication but for the occupational injury.
Please be aware that OSHA recordkeeping requirements differ from those established under various State workers' compensation laws. Workers' compensation criteria should not be substituted for OSHA definitions in determining whether or not a case should be recorded under the OSHA system.
I hope you find this information useful. If you have any further questions, please contact my staff at Area Code (202) 219-6463.
Stephen A. Newell Director
Office of Statistics
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