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The Role of OSHA in Protecting Workers

workerscomp-homeWorker Killed in ‘Horrific Accident’ at Teaneck Building

This past March, a worker at the Glenpointe complex in Teaneck fell to his death from the rooftop of one of the buildings.  The building manager had been on the roof checking for damage one evening and was found lifeless in a courtyard area after his seven-story fall.  Strong winds were ultimately believed to be the cause of the fatal accident.

Protection From Workplace Injuries

Workplace injuries and deaths are tragedies we hope never occur during the course of our working lives.  For this reason, organizations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exist to protect us.  OSHA oversees most private and public sector employers and their workers.  The organization’s mission is to maintain safe and healthful working conditions throughout the country by implementing workplace standards and providing training to employers.

OSHA mandates that employers protect their workers from falls, as falls are a common cause of death in the workplace—namely in the construction industry.  OSHA’s workplace fall prevention program states that fall protection must be implemented for people working at “heights of four or more feet.”  The fall protection measures may include guardrails, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems, among other equally effective mechanisms.  OSHA’s initiative emphasizes that falls are preventable by planning ahead to get the job done safely, providing the right equipment, and training everyone to use the equipment safely.  The OSHA website includes fact sheets, educational posters, and other publications dedicated to informing employers about fall prevention.

It is essential for workers across the country to know that under federal law they are entitled to a safe workplace.  Workers have the right to raise concerns about known health and safety hazards at their place of employment without fear of retaliation from their employers.  This is because it is illegal for an employer to fire or demote an employee for exercising his or her rights under federal law.  To this regard, OSHA provides employees with a system for filing confidential complaints against their employers.  Employees may also request an OSHA inspection of their workplace if they are concerned there are dangerous hazards, or if they believe their employer is not upholding other OSHA standards.

Speak With A Personal Injury Attorney

In addition to OSHA, personal injury lawyers exist to support workers who have sustained injuries on the job.  Personal injury attorneys fight to help victims obtain redress for their injuries.  If you have been injured at work, you should discuss with a personal injury lawyer, your worker’s compensation case.  The experienced attorneys at Villani & DeLuca P.C. are here for personal injury victims who were hurt at the workplace.  Call 732-965-3801 today for a free initial consultation.