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Reporting injuries

Employers must report to Oregon OSHA any work-related injury or illness that results in:

Reporting a work-related injury or illness does not assign fault or prove the violation of an Oregon OSHA rule. Nor does it establish an employee’s eligibility for workers’ compensation or other benefits.

Report to Oregon OSHA within eight hours:

  • The death of an employee
  • A catastrophe

Report to Oregon OSHA within 24 hours:

  • An in-patient hospitalization
  • Loss of an eye
  • An amputation or avulsion that results in bone loss

See our Reporting work-related incidents fact sheet for more information.

An avulsion is the tearing away or forcible separation of any body part by trauma.

A catastrophe includes the death of two or more employees, or three or more employees who are admitted to a hospital or an equivalent medical facility.

Work-related fatalities include those caused by a motor vehicle crash that happens during the employee’s work shift. Fatalities caused by a heart attack during work must also be reported. Do not disturb the scene of a fatality or catastrophe until Oregon OSHA investigates the incident, unless a law enforcement officer tells you to do so, or it is necessary to safely reach victims or to prevent injuries.