CONN-OSHA Answers Your Safety Questions: April 2023
Welcome to our monthly column featuring CONN-OSHA experts answering some of the most commonly asked safety questions from CBIA member companies.
Most of the responses from Catherine Zinsser, a CONN-OSHA occupational safety training specialist, will be on recordkeeping since that is the focus of most questions she fields.
But if you’d like to ask her a question on another topic, please email CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery.
He will treat all questions confidentially and never share any identifying company information with CONN-OSHA or anyone else.
Q: A doctor places an employee on restricted duty but the employer is unable to accommodate the restrictions and, as a result, the employee is losing time. Are the lost days recorded as lost time or restricted duty?
A: You must count the days as days away from work. To count days as restricted days, restricted work activity must be made available to the employee.
Q: A part-time employee who works an average of 18 hours per week is injured. She is put on restrictions. Would I count each day that she has been on restrictions or just count two to three days per week because that’s how many days she normally works?
A: You must count the number of calendar days the employee was restricted as a result of the injury, regardless of whether or not the employee was scheduled to work on those day(s).
Q: A physician includes in a worker’s restrictions “no driving” and the worker stays home even though he could take public transportation, or get a ride to work from a co-worker. Would those days be counted as days restricted or days away from work?
A: The case must be recorded in a manner reflecting what actually occurs.
If the employee does not make it to work, the case must be recorded as a case involving days away from work.
If the employee is driven to work by the employer or anyone else, and the employee performs restricted work, the case must be recorded as a case involving restricted work activity.
For more information, contact CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1982).
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