OSHA or the Occupational Safety & Health Administration is an agency created with the purpose of protecting workers from unsafe or dangerous environments. The agency achieves this goal by enforcing health and safety regulations that all employers must follow.
Unfortunately, sometimes employers choose to ignore some of these safety standards to increase productivity and reduce costs. However, when OSHA violations occur, the aftermath can be catastrophic, and it’s the workers who are affected. Many times an injured worker does not even know that his or her accident was caused by an OSHA violation. It’s hard to know where to turn and how to approach things in the right way; knowing your legal rights, where you and your employer stand, will help you see everything more clearly.
Most common OSHA Violations:
- Fall protection. Even though it is one of the leading causes of injuries on a worksite, employers still fail to provide proper fall protection.
- Scaffold safety. Either because of a lack of training in using a scaffold or damaged platforms, scaffold-related injuries are very common.
- Ladders. Many times the employer provides a wrong type of ladder for the task or fails to inspect its structural integrity before use. OSHA requires a ladder to sustain four times the intended weight and to be coated with an anti-slipping material.
- Hazard communication. Employees working with dangerous chemicals need to be provided with adequate protective equipment in order to prevent chemical exposure and ensure their safety.
- Machine guarding. Any moving part of a machine that could result in an injury needs to be properly secured by safeguard or railing. The absence of these safety features can easily lead to amputations, crushed hands, or even worse.
If you notice any OSHA violations at your workplace, please report it to the person in charge of the construction site and file a complaint and request an OSHA inspection of your workplace. This might save someone’s life.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by an OSHA violation you can file a claim for compensation against the responsible party. Contact personal injury lawyer John M. O’Brien for legal assistance.