OSHA Targets High-Risk Workplaces

There’s a brand new inspection plan and it’s targeting dangerous workplaces. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Site-Specific Targeting 2012 program is going to be dropping in on the workplaces with the highest rates of illnesses and injuries.
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This program is one of OSHA’s top programs and inspection plans for tackling the issues related to non-construction workplaces with high risks for accidents. The companies that will be targeted must employ 20 or more people. Safety officials will be targeting the companies, the employers and the workplaces that have been deemed dangerous from a survey taken of nearly 100,000 establishments in high-hazard industries. Establishments will be randomly selected for inspection from a primary list of 1,260 establishments.

Our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys understand that it’s these high hazard workplaces that need the most attention. By focusing attention on these industries, OSHA officials hope to determine the effectiveness of the current safety and health efforts and work to make them even safer and more efficient. As a U.S. worker, you should know your rights on the job and one of the most important of your rights is the right to a safe work environment!

“Our goal is to prevent worker injuries and illnesses and save lives,” said David Michaels, OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor. “The Site Specific Targeting program helps OSHA focus its enforcement resources to high-risk employers who are endangering their workers’ health and safety.”

Nursing and Personal Care Facilities National Emphasis Program will be inspecting personal care establishments while more than 10 National Emphasis Programs will be inspecting the following industries:

-Trenching/Excavation
-Shipbreaking
-Silicia
-Lead
In addition to these efforts, there are also another 150 Regional and Local Emphasis Programs.

The bottom line is that employers are required to provide safe and healthy work conditions for their workers. They’re to eliminate all known work hazards and to provide workers with the proper training and safety equipment to help to ensure their safety. Employers who do not follow these rules are subject to federal punishments.

If you feel like your safety is being compromised on the job, you’re urged to speak up. Discuss the problem with a manager, a supervisor, the owner of the company or even with OSHA officials. Your rights as a worker allow you to come forward with this kind of information and concern without the risk of being retaliated against or treated unfairly.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were close to 3 million reported injuries and illnesses in 2011 in the Private Industry in the U.S. Close to 1 million of these cases caused workers to lose days on the job. During this same year, there were close to 5,000 people who were killed on the job (in all sectors). Roadway accidents accounted for more than 1,000 of these fatalities, while falls, slips and trips accounted for more than 650. Many of these accidents could have been prevented with safer work practices!

If you, someone in your family or a loved one has been injured on-the-job, contact the Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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