Hackers Cause a Fire

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.