The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) – a subsidiary of the United Stated Department of Labor – is a federal agency that aims to ensure that employers provide safe and healthy working conditions. In order to protect workers, OSHA establishes and enforces numerous standards and regulations and provides training, education, and assistance. Each year, OSHA compiles a number of reports and statistics that aid the agency, as well as employers, in identifying hazards, exploring solutions, and initiating change. Among these many reports – one of which includes OSHA's fatal four – the agency releases a yearly list of the 10 most frequently cited standards. According to statistics from the 2012 fiscal year (October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012), the top ten standards most commonly cited by OSHA include:
- Fall Protection (Construction)
- Hazard Communication Standards
- Scaffolding (Construction)
- Respiratory Protection
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- Electrical, Wiring Methods, Components & Equipment
- Ladders (Construction)
- Electrical Systems Design
While these standards may exist only for certain industries or for general industry, they are all in place because they represent the need for being aware of the heightened risks workers face. Falls, for example, are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the construction industry, according to OSHA. As such, the agency has created a number of specific standards with which employers must comply. As evident in the list of the most cited standards, however, employers do not always uphold their duty to abide by regulations and keep workers safe. Citations related to fall protection, scaffolding, and ladders in the construction industry are among the top 10 most commonly violated standards.
The Rights of Workers Injured on the Job
Although standards may vary depending on the industry and the type of work being performed, employers are generally required by law to ensure that workers are provided safe and healthy working conditions. When they fail to uphold their legal obligation to do so, they place workers at increased risks for suffering harm during accidents. When employees suffer workplace injuries, they have the right to explore their legal options for recovering their losses. By exploring the underlying cause of an accident – and particularly whether any violations were made – a Houston personal injury attorney from our firm can highlight an employer's failure to uphold their legal duty. Given the fact that these situations can vary considerably from industry to industry, as well as on a case by case basis, working with a well-versed, experienced, and attentive attorney is vital to obtaining a favorable outcome in your case.
Having worked with a number of injured workers, Attorney John Daspit has accumulated the depth of knowledge needed to identify OSHA standard violations and employer negligence. Equipped with extensive resources and a genuine passion for improving the lives of injured employees and their families, he also works diligently and aggressively to ensure that employers are held accountable for their conduct and fully liable for the damages they cause.
If you or your loved one has recently been injured on the job, place your trust in a Houston personal injury attorney who devotes the entirety of his skill, experience, and passion to each and every case he handles. Learn more about your workplace injury case, your available legal options, and the ways in which The Daspit Law Firm can fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve.