The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has several safety checklists that must be followed in different areas of construction and industry. Personal Protective Equipment may be required, and there are several reasons why.
Many people working in the construction industry are aware of the risks and dangers their career choice imposes on them. Heavy machinery, grueling temperatures, industrial power tools - construction accidents can occur at any time if employers are not informative and employees are not held to certain safety protocols. Even when proper procedures are being followed, the risk for injury is still readily apparent.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 mandates that employers must provide "safe and healthful workplaces" for their employees. Unfortunately, not all employers follow the law.
Workers in Jeffersonville, Ohio, may want to consider their employers' intentions when it comes to workplace safety. According to a recent investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a manufacturing company that employs 140 workers in Jeffersonville is guilty of more than a dozen safety violations, many of them serious. If an employee was to get hurt while on the job, a workers' compensation claim would likely be granted, considering the workplace and its safety environment.
It can seem that too many Ohio workers that many state-based companies have been getting hit with workplace safety violations recently. Indeed, five Ohio companies have been hit with fines from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the last few months, with total fines exceeding $250,000. The silver lining is that hopefully the companies learn their lessons and take workplace safety more seriously.
Most warehouse workers in Ohio know the dangers of storage a large amount of a product. Large amounts of a product are stocked heavily and, perhaps, to an unsafe height. Negligence on the part of an employer can cause a fatal accident to occur to an employee, if certain safety procedures were not properly followed.
Many individuals in Ohio have been injured at the workplace. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers' compensation cost businesses in the United States more than $53 billion just in 2008. As many businesses have attempted to cut costs, creating a safer, cleaner work environment has become a priority for some to help avoid the possibility of workplace injury or illness.
When construction work involves a great deal of digging, employers are required to follow a number of safety precautions. If a trench is greater than five feet deep, OSHA requirements mandate reinforcement to help prevent the ground from caving in.
An internationally-based steel firm has been fined $563,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after three repeat and seven willful safety violations at a plant in Ohio.
Employees who believe that they are working in a hazardous environment or who think their employers may be violating safety and health regulations can contact OSHA to request an inspection. Workers can ask OSHA not to inform their employer who requested the inspection, but it is illegal for employers to retaliate against an employee who files a complaint about unsafe working conditions with OSHA. This includes firing, transferring or demoting the employee.