Hackers Cause a Fire
Question: Hackers manage to overload a computer and start a fire inside an office space. One employee receives oxygen for smoke inhalation and a doctor prescribes medication and recommends the employee stays home for a week to recover. Is it recordable?
Answer: YES. The treatment with oxygen for smoke inhalation is considered medical treatment and the recommendation to stay home is considered lost time and should be counted on the OSHA log.
Letter of Interpretation: The administration of oxygen is considered medical treatment for OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping purposes. If an employee is symptomatic of a work-related injury or illness (e.g., respiratory distress from smoke inhalation) and is administered oxygen, the case is recordable.