Workplace accidents are common heavy industries like construction and manufacturing. The working environment is not always as safe as it should be. In some cases the employer is responsible for the accident, while the employees could also have a part to play. Several factors may combine to cause workplace accidents that could lead to severe injuries for the workforce. The federal government has established laws that employers must follow to protect their employees from accidents.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) deals with all safety related regulations. It is a federal agency created to make sure employees are provided with a safe working environment. According to OSHA laws, employers must provide their employees with safe working conditions. Employees should always be informed about the possible dangers of using certain equipment. In case an accident does take place, proper measures must be taken to ensure the safety of the employees. Safety equipment must be provided to the employees as well. The act gives employees the right to make anonymous complaints to OSHA regarding the safety situation at their workplace.
Breaking OSHA rules results in hefty fines for the organization and in severe cases might lead to more serious charges. If the OSHA violation presents immediate risk to the employees, they have the right to refuse the task unless safe working conditions are provided.
If you feel that your employer is not providing you with safe working conditions, it is advisable to contact an attorney before you file a complaint with OSHA. The attorney will oversee your claim and help you file it as well.