Employers and managers in Texas may be unclear about their record-keeping obligations when a workplace injury occurs. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule may help clarify the matter. Under the rule, which is scheduled to take effect in mid-January 2017, employers may be subject to citations for not properly reporting workplace illnesses and injuries as mandated.
Texans who work in the manufacturing and construction industries may be required to perform hot work as a regular part of their jobs. Hot work involves welding, burning, grinding, using power tools that produce sparks, soldering and cutting. All of these activities may expose workers to a risk of being severely injured from burns or explosions.