Importance of Workplace Safety
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All Texas employers have an ethical and legal obligation to provide workers a safe and secure environment, free from hazards of serious physical injury or death. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency that issues and enforces workplace standards in the United States. If an employee is injured due to an employer’s failure to meet OSHA standards, that employee may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income, and rehabilitation treatment.
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OSHA Safety Standards at a Glance
Most workplaces in the private sector are governed by OSHA. This includes hospitals, offices, shipyards, warehouses, oil and gas refineries, chemical plants, and construction sites. OSHA requires employers to:
- Make sure that all employees have safe equipment, tools, and materials
- Report any fatal workplace accident that resulted in three or more workers being hospitalized
- Provide training and medical examinations where required
- Keep detailed records of all accidents, injuries, illnesses, and deaths
- Acknowledge, correct, and post OSHA citations
What OSHA Violations Look Like
Machines, equipment, tools, and motor vehicles should be maintained on a regular basis or whenever a test or signal indicates that a repair is needed. Floors, stairs, guardrails and other features should be regularly maintained as well.
Improper maintenance can lead to forklifts, steers, cranes, or derricks experiencing problems with:
- Braking and steering
- Transmission or hydraulic systems
- Frayed electrical wiring
- Oily and wet floors, stairways, or ship decks
Periodic inspections can detect defective ladders and scaffolds, for example, or defects in equipment such as cranes, derricks, pulleys, hoists, forklifts and winches. Inspections can also reveal whether workers are operating machines properly or following safety protocol, such as using personal protective equipment or safety guards.
Insufficient Training & Supervision
Employers must train employees how to perform their work safely and regularly supervise employees to make sure they are following protocol. For example, workers should be taught how to properly operate power tools such as saws or drills, or how to move heavy equipment or boxes without straining their backs. They should also be required to wear gloves, coveralls, and goggles when operating equipment.
Exposure to Hazardous Conditions
An employer has violated OSHA regulations if it has exposed employees to serious physical injury or death by failing to place guards on moving parts of equipment and machinery, forced employees to work around chemicals and dust that exceed permissible exposure limits, ignored specific requirements for air sampling in confined spaces, or failed to use proper sloping and storage of excavated materials when working in trenches.
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If your employer has demonstrated negligence, carelessness, or indifference to OSHA standards, they could be responsible for your injury or illness. Talk to a Texas workplace injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin LLP if you would like to discuss your case in full in a free consultation. We examine every aspect of your case to defend your rights.
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