The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set forth certain safety standards that promote health and safety in the workplace. So when these safety standards are violated, accidents soon follow. Follow along to find out what is considered OSHA violations in the workplace and how one of the proficient attorneys at the Queens workers’ compensation law offices, the Law Offices of George Poulos, can help you through this scenario.
What are examples of OSHA violations in the workplace?
Put simply, OSHA violations are caused by the negligence of an employer. Examples of this include, but are not limited to, the following:
- An employer neglects to follow when and where fall protection is required in the workplace.
- An employer neglects to follow how to classify and label chemicals in the workplace.
- An employer neglects to follow how to avoid scaffolding collapses or electrocutions due to scaffold locations.
- An employer neglects to follow when proving personal protective and lifesaving equipment is necessary.
- An employer neglects to follow how to train employees on selecting, fitting, cleaning, using, maintaining, and repairing respirators.
- An employer neglects to follow how to train employees on using ladders, extensions ladders, job-made wooden ladders, and step ladders.
- An employer neglects to follow how to train employees on lockouts and tagouts.
- An employer neglects to follow how to train employees on operating powered industrial trucks.
As you can likely include, most violations occur when employers offer insufficient training for their employees. This is considered unacceptable, especially because OSHA provides training and education on its established safety standards.
What deadlines should I be aware of?
If you receive an injury in the workplace due to an OSHA violation, then you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. For your claim, you must first make sure that you inform your employer within 30 days of the date you received your injury or from the date you were made aware of your injury.
Then, you must make sure that you bring forward your claim within two years of the date you received your injury or from the date you were made aware of your injury. Otherwise, you may be permanently barred from suing. This means that you will miss out on receiving the financial compensation you require to heal, and ultimately justice.
So, to kickstart your claim as soon as possible, you must not hesitate in reaching out to a talented Queens workers’ compensation attorney. We await your phone call.