Bill Details - HB406 (2019)

HB 406 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0476

04/01

 

HOUSE BILL 406

 

AN ACT relative to reporting and investigation of serious injuries and death in the workplace.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. McBeath, Rock. 26

 

COMMITTEE: Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the commissioner of the department of labor to inspect a place of employment where a serious injury or death has occurred and requires an employer to report such injury or death to the department of labor.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0476

04/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to reporting and investigation of serious injuries and death in the workplace.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Paragraph; Safety and Health of Employees; Definitions.  Amend RSA 277:1-b by inserting after paragraph IV the following new paragraph:

V.  "Serious injury" means an incident that results in an amputation, loss or fracture of any body part, head injury, or internal injury that necessitates immediate hospitalization.

2  New Sections; Safety and Health of Employees; Inspections; Reports of Death or Serious Injury.  Amend RSA 277 by inserting after section 15 the following new sections:

277:15-a  Inspections.  In the case of a workplace incident resulting in a serious injury or death involving the state, a state agency, a county, a municipality or municipal agency, a school district, or other public corporation or political subdivision, the commissioner of labor, or his or her designee, shall inspect such place of employment.

277:15-b  Reports of Death or Serious Injury.

I.  Every employer shall report the death of any person in the workplace or on the workplace premises within 8 hours of such occurrence to the commissioner of the department of labor by telephone or electronically, stating as fully as possible the cause of the death and the place where the body of the deceased person was sent, and supplying any other information relative to the death that may be required by the commissioner.  The commissioner shall investigate the cause of death and may notify the employer of precautions to be taken that may prevent the recurrence of similar events.  A statement contained in any such report shall not be admissible in evidence in any action arising out of the death reported.  

II.  Every employer shall report the serious injury of any person in the workplace or on the workplace premises within 24 hours of such occurrence to the commissioner of the department of labor by telephone or electronically, stating as fully as possible the cause of the injury and the place where the injured person was sent for medical evaluation or treatment, and supplying any other information relative to the injury that may be required by the commissioner.  The commissioner may investigate the cause of the injury and notify the employer of precautions to be taken that may prevent the recurrence of similar events.  A statement contained in any such report shall not be admissible in evidence in any action arising out of the injury reported.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services HJ 3 P. 13
Feb. 13, 2019 ==CANCELLED== Public Hearing: 02/13/2019 10:30 am LOB 307
Feb. 20, 2019 ==RESCHEDULED== Public Hearing: 02/20/2019 10:00 am LOB 305-307
March 6, 2019 Executive Session: 03/06/2019 10:00 am LOB 307
March 14, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 03/14/2019 (Vote 18-1; CC) HC 15 P. 5
Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 18-1; CC)
March 14, 2019 Ought to Pass: MA VV 03/14/2019
March 21, 2019 Introduced 03/21/2019 and Referred to Commerce; SJ 10

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 13, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 20, 2019 House Hearing
March 6, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 14, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB406 Revision: 4646 Date: Jan. 7, 2019, 4:02 p.m.