What Are Common OSHA Violations?

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Whether it be on a construction site, in a warehouse, or in an office, there is a possibility of a work injury occurring. Usually, such work injuries are associated with employers violating the safety standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Read on to discover common OSHA violations and how a seasoned Houston, Texas work injury lawyer can help recover your damages.

What are common examples of OSHA violations?

Originally, OSHA was established to inspect and examine the health and safety of workplaces. Now, they have enforced safety standards to further promote such health and safety.

But unfortunately, violations of these safety standards do occur, which lends a hand in the frequency of workplace incidents. Common examples are as follows:

  • An employer neglects to enforce the safety requirements for scaffolds: collapses due to scaffold instability or overloading, electrocution due to scaffolds too close to overhead power lines, etc.
  • An employer neglects to enforce the safety requirements for lockouts and tagouts: unexpected startups and cycling of a machine, the release of stored energy from a machine during servicing and maintenance, etc.
  • An employer neglects to enforce the safety requirements for powered industrial trucks: truck operators do not receive the required training, etc.
  • An employer neglects to enforce the safety requirements for fall protection: employees do not receive the required training, etc.
  • An employer neglects to enforce the safety requirements for personal protective and lifesaving equipment: employees do not receive the required eye and face protection to protect against chemical irritants, environmental irritants, radiological irritants, mechanical irritants, etc.

What injuries may arise from a violation?

If any of the above OSHA violations occur, an employee can receive serious, if not fatal, injuries. Common examples are as follows:

  • An employee can receive broken bones from a machine or truck incident.
  • An employee can receive spinal injuries from a scaffolding incident or a fall.
  • An employee can receive scarring or disfigurement from not receiving the required face protection.
  • An employee can lose sight from not receiving the required eye protection.

With that being said, if you have incurred any of the above injuries, then you must look into filing a workers’ compensation claim.

For this, you must report your injury to your employer within 30 days from the date you were injured or from the date you were made aware of your injury. In addition, you must file your claim within one year from the date you were injured or from the date you were made aware of your injury.

In the end, this may just be the only way in which you can properly heal from your injuries and damages. To get started with these legal proceedings, reach out to a competent Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer today.

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