(a) Since the efficient operation of workers' compensation depends so greatly upon the insurance carrier and Industrial Accident Board receiving prompt notice of possible claims, the employer shall report injuries and occupational diseases by completing board Form E-1, Employer's First Report of Injury, and sending the original to the Industrial Accident Board and a copy to the employer's insurance carrier no later than eight days after:
(1) the employer has notice or knowledge of an injury to an employee resulting in absence from work for more than one day; or
(2) the employer receives notice from an employee of the manifestation of an occupational disease.
(b) The E-1 must be completed and filed regardless of the employer's position on the occurrence of the injury or occupational disease; it shall not be deemed an admission of liability for the claim. If the employer denies the injury or occupational disease, this position may be stated on the report.
(c) Noncompliance with this requirement may result in imposition of a civil penalty not to exceed $500.
The provisions of this § 45.10 adopted to be effective November 11, 1983, 8 TexReg 4493; amended to be effective October 17, 1989, 14 TexReg 5260.