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What Is the Difference Between Lost Time Injury and Lost Time Accident?

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Q: What is the difference between lost time injury and lost time accident?
A:

Lost time injury refers to an injury sustained by an employee at work that results in absenteeism or a delay in the normal workload performed by that employee. An injury will only be recorded as a lost time injury if it results in time off work, or if the employee is unable to perform their regular duties or has to perform them in modified manner.

A lost time accident is an on the job accident that results in an employee being absent from the workplace for a minimum of one full day work day. The absent day does not include the day during which the accident occurred. Updated OSHA regulations mean that days recorded as lost time accident days may include weekends, holidays and vacation days.

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