The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) exists to protect workers from hazards in their workplaces. Employers are required by OSHA (and law) to ensure their employees are safe. They’re expected to get rid of known dangers in the workplace, supply workers with the right personal protective equipment, and keep employees trained with up-to-date knowledge about any hazards they may face in their work environments.
The most commonly investigated dangerous work conditions inspected by OSHA include:
Slip and Fall Accidents
Falls from tall heights or through holes in workplace floors are a couple of the most common causes of workplace injuries. Your employer is required to help prevent these injuries by installing things such as toe boards and guard rails.
Eye & Face Hazards
Thousands of people are blinded every year by injuries that could have easily been prevented. These accidents typically happen because of chemical, environmental, or mechanical hazards. Hazards such as these can be avoided using the right eye and face protection – that should be provided to you by your employer.
OSHA requires employees to wear respirators in areas where dust, smoke, and vapors are a threat to their respiratory health. Respiratory hazards typically don’t cause immediate harm. They can lead to preventable illnesses that may affect your health in the future.
Are your surrounded by dangerous work conditions?
If you find yourself in an hostile work environment or feel that your employer isn’t following OSHA standards to prevent dangerous work conditions, you can file a confidential complaint to OSHA. It’s illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for filing a complaint to have the right to stay safe in his workplace.
Have you or a loved one been injured in the workplace due to dangerous work conditions caused by a negligent employer? Contact The Clardy Law Firm today to get the compensation you deserve.