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The OSHA Act Protects Workers' Rights

Steve Wagner

No matter what your work environment involves, no matter what type of employee you are, or what kind of job you hold, you have the right to safety in your workplace. Work injuries are an all-too-common threat, no matter what type of work environment you inhabit. Office workers are susceptible to accidents such as trip and falls resulting in injuries requiring surgery and permanent restrictions. Industrial workers are at risk for amputations, injuries from heavy machinery malfunctions, chemical exposure, and more. Construction workers are at risk of trench collapse injuries, construction equipment accidents, scaffolding accidents, back-up deaths or injuries, machinery injuries, and even car accident injuries when working on the side of roadways.

The plain and simple truth is that it’s every contractor’s and employer’s responsibility toensure a safe work environment for their workers. Part of this responsibility involves maintaining and repairing equipment and machinery so they function correctly. Another large piece of this puzzle is proper training for workers; efforts to continually update them on safety protocols, OSHA regulations and ensure that they are properly trained on the use of all equipment and machines, and hazard training for chemical and other hazardous materials.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act that was passed in 1970, all United States workers are entitled to an environment and conditions that do not pose a risk of serious bodily harm. In an effort to make this a reality for all workers, OSHA is continually working to improve working conditions, educate employers and employees, and pass legislation to keep our working environments safer.

Under the OSH Act, workers have the right to a workplace that undergoes regular inspections, and they also have the right to report errors, dangers, and injuries without the fear of retaliation from an employer, discrimination, or the loss of a job. Workers are also entitled to see full reports of the safety inspections done in their workplace so they have the information they need to stay safe.

If you have been injured in your workplace, the work injury attorneys at Wagner Reese are here to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve from an employer that did not do all they could to protect you. Don’t suffer under piles of medical bills. Call us today for a free consultation, and get back on your feet physically and financially.


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