This is a reminder that starting January 1, 2015, OSHA's immediate injury reporting criteria will change significantly. The new criteria are:
1. Any fatality must be reported within 8 hours of learning of it.
2. Any single inpatient hospitalization, amputation (which would include a finger) or loss of an eye must be reported within 24 hours of learning of it.
For facilities where the local state administers the OSHA program, it would be wise to check with your state agency and see what they instruct you to do.
OSHA will be setting up an electronic reporting tool, which may become linked to the state-administered agencies.
It is unclear what you should do if your state does not update their regulations by January 1, because federal law has supremacy. It's an argument for the lawyers...
Calling your local agency would be prudent, and do what they and your legal department tell you to do.
Of course, we all hope and pray that we will not ever have an incident to report, but it's good to be prepared.