06/08/2012

Focus on communications with victims' families following a workplace fatality

A new US-American Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
directive guides OSHA representatives in communicating investigation procedures
with family members following a workplace fatality. The guidance ensures that
OSHA representatives speak to the victim's family early in the inspection
process, establish a point of contact, and maintain a working relationship with
the family.

"This directive," explained Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor
for OSHA, "ensures that OSHA receives the necessary information from the family
and keeps the family informed throughout the investigation and settlement
processes."

Under the new directive, OSHA representatives will contact the victim's family
to explain the investigation process, timeline, and provide the family with
updates throughout the investigation. Once the investigation is closed, OSHA
will explain findings to the family and address any questions. If an employer
has been issued citations, OSHA will provide a copy of the citation(s) to the
family.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration