OSHA Violations Attorney
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) regularly conducts workplace inspections and will cite employers for violations when the employer fails to provide safe work conditions for employees. The most frequent violations include those related to fall protection, scaffolding, and ladders.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created as a result of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The law was established to provide workers suffering from unsafe workplace conditions the chance to file a complaint against their employer and request an inspection by the agency.
The agency conducts inspections based on these requests. All requests are kept anonymous, if necessary, in order to protect the identity of the worker and prevent retaliation.
If you are a worker who wants to file a complaint with OSHA, you can do so online by filling out the complaint form that is provided on the OSHA website or by downloading the form and faxing it to your local OSHA regional office. Workers can also telephone the regional OSHA office and discuss their complaints with the staff.
According to estimates, in 2011 the most frequently cited violations by OSHA included:
- Fall protection – failure to provide fall protection gear and eliminate fall hazards from the workplace
- Scaffolding related violations – failure to design and construct safe scaffolding and failure to inspect or maintain the scaffolding
- Hazard communication – failure to communicate the hazards of chemicals that are being produced or imported
- Respiratory protection failure
- Control of hazardous energy – lockout/tag out – failure to conduct servicing and maintenance of machines which results in the sudden energizing and starting of the machines
- Electrical wiring violations
- Powered industrial trucks – failure to comply with safety requirements that are related to design, maintenance, and use of tractors, forklifts, trucks, and other equipment
- Ladders – failure to construct ladders that are capable of supporting specified loads without failure
- Electrical hazards
- Machine guarding
OSHA applies to employers and workers in all 50 states of the United States of America, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and other territories included under federal jurisdiction. Self-employed persons and farms that employ only members of the employer’s immediate family are not covered under OSHA laws.
Peter Ventura is a Massachusetts work injury lawyer representing workers who have been injured in workplace accidents in the Worcester region and across Massachusetts.
If you have been injured as a result of an OSHA violation, Attorney Peter Ventura can investigate the facts of your case and pursue your legal rights against any and all responsible parties. To find out more about the ways in which a personal injury attorney with experience in OSHA standards and violations can help you recover financial compensation, contact the law firm of Peter Ventura, Attorney at Law for a free consultation.
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