According to the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration the guidelines for whistle blower procedures has been finalized.
Happy Labor Day from our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers to you!
In all seriousness, these guidelines are set forth to protect workers from retaliation by employers when they fear they are working in unsafe conditions or performing duties that could endanger their well-bein g. Passage is a good thing as we salute our nation’s workforce through the upcoming holiday weekend. The procedures allow workers to utilize new methods of filing complaints that include filing by phone as well as filing in other languages.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 stipulates that safe work places are the responsibility of employers. It also falls on the shoulders of employers to provide a healthy environment for workers.
In 1992 the program of the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries was created. Last year the lowest number of fatal work injuries were recorded since the program was implemented. In 2009 4,340 fatal injuries were recorded as opposed to 5,214 fatal work related injuries reported in 2008. The goal is to empower employees to report unsafe working conditions without risking their employment. OSHA firmly believes that silent employees are unsafe employees. Giving ear to their voices is the first step in eradicating the high number of injuries and fatalities in the work place. Surprisingly, it is the wholesale trade industry that saw a rise in fatal work injuries last year. The higher reports of work-related fatalities usually occur in occupations that include construction work.
Unfortunately, employers do not always follow the law and employees may suffer retribution when their complaints are discovered or suspected. If you ever feel you are being forced to work in unsafe conditions and that your reports have caused friction in your workplace, we hope that you will call one of the North Carolina’s workers’ compensation attorneys at Lee & Smith to discuss your options.
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