Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations exist specifically to protect workers. The rules and regulations that OSHA requires on job sites can be lengthy and very specific. If you or a loved one has been hurt on a construction site, it may be helpful to get the counsel of an experienced construction accident lawyer. At The Perecman Firm, PLLC, we have years of experience with the laws and regulations surrounding construction accidents and OSHA guidelines. Contact us today so we can assist you; we can be reached 24 hours a day at 718-WORKERS or (844) 707-7785.
OSHA rules were created with the wellbeing of workers in mind, and some important aspects of OSHA employee rights and privileges are listed below. Under OSHA:
- Employees have the right to comprehensive information about worker injuries and the standards to which OHSA holds their employer
- All employees may anonymously file a grievance with OSHA regarding serious hazards or rule violations.
- It is illegal for employers to retaliate or discriminate against employees who file OSHA complaints.
- Employees may demand training from their employer on how to handle hazardous materials or chemicals that they will come in contact with on the job.
- All workers may report conditions that are dangerous or that specifically violate OSHA standards.
While employees have many rights under OSHA regulations, they also have responsibilities. Some of these responsibilities include wearing appropriate safety gear, reporting any on-the-job accidents that caused injury, and following the safety rules that OSHA has implemented.
What Obligations do Employers have under OSHA Regulations?
In order to keep employees safe, OSHA imposes a variety of rules and regulations on employers. OSHA requires employers to:
- Provide all employees with necessary safety equipment and ensure that they are properly trained to use it.
- Keep OSHA informational posters in obvious, easy to view locations.
- Ensure that comprehensive files are kept on the injuries and illnesses that employees suffer as a result of their employment. All such information must be made accessible to former employees and their agents upon request.
- Maintain a work environment that has no known hazards and that is reasonably safe for all employees.
- Abide by all relevant OSHA rules and regulations.
What Happens During OSHA inspections?
When an employee makes a complaint to OSHA, an official evaluates the complaint. If the complaint is serious enough, OSHA will send an inspector to the job site to investigate the complaint and assess the conditions of the site.
During the inspection, an agent of the employer and an employee-appointed agent for all employees may accompany the OSHA inspector. During normal business hours, the OSHA inspector can inspect any part of the job site to ensure that all OSHA rules and regulations are being met, but he is not allowed to interrupt the work on the site.
How can a Construction Accident Attorney help?
At The Perecman Firm, PLLC, we have years of experience successfully dealing with employers and the government agencies associated with construction accidents. We are very familiar with the laws that can protect a worker who has been injured on a construction site. Contact our firm today to begin work with one of our lawyers who can offer thoughtful counsel and who cares about representing your best interests; our toll-free number is 718-WORKERS or (844) 707-7785.