Workplace Accident FAQs
“What is OSHA?”
“Was I properly hired for this job?”
“Are these working conditions safe?”
It is common for employees to have questions about their workplace. Everyone deserves to spend their working hours in a safe and harmless work environment. Workplace injuries happen every day, and most people know someone who has been injured on the job. Taking the time recognize unsafe work practices can protect you from injury and alert the authorities to owners and operators that ignore regulations.
Helping workers avoid job injury starts with knowing the signs of an unsafe work environment. To promote a knowledgeable and proactive workforce, the workplace injury attorneys at Richard J. Plezia & Associates have compiled a workplace accident FAQ Houston workers should know in the following industries:
Workplace Accident FAQs
1. OSHA and Construction Workers’ Right to a Safe Workplace. OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency was created in 1970 to assure safe and healthy working conditions for all employees. The act, signed into law by President Nixon, provides standards and enforces regulations.
2. Failure to Provide Fall Protection. Fall protection is one of the standards enforced by OSHA. Falls are one of the most common causes of workplace accidents, and also one of the most easily preventable. Reducing falls through a multi-step fall protection plan helps keep employees safe when working above ground level.
3. Negligent Hiring of Employees. Employee rights extend to the interview room as well. Business owners are required to conduct a hiring process that checks employment history, background, and criminal records. Failure to complete these steps can put other employees at risk.
4. Failure to Conduct Safety Inspections. State, federal, and industry boards set standards for inspection of the workplace. These inspections are meant to catch problems early before they contribute to workplace disaster. Failure to allow or conduct these inspections places all employees at risk of injury.
5. Unsafe Work Conditions. Workers forced to complete tasks in unsafe work conditions are at higher risk for falls, accidents, and mistakes. From maintaining heavy equipment to proper safety signage, keeping a safe working environment keeps employees safe. Ignoring work conditions because of time or budget constraints is a common problem.
6. Failure to Train Employees. All employees – new and seasoned – should be kept current on all state and federal certifications. These safety classes are designed to educate workers with the most updated safety information. Failure to train employees or allowing employees to work without full certification is a negligent act that can result in injury to work crews.