The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a branch of the U.S. Department of Labor created in 1970 and charged with preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and occupational fatalities. They do this in large part by establishing and enforcing safety standards.
These federal regulations cover private and public-sector employment. Of course, it should come as no surprise that the organization and its edicts are often quite controversial. Employers like to complain that the cost of these regulations is prohibitive.
Studies show that there are long-term benefits in reduced costs to companies in the form of fewer workman’s compensation claims and onsite injuries by following OSHA rules.
RECENT OSHA STANDARDS
Here are some of the most recent standards at construction worksites endorsed by OSHA:
*OSHA has developed a series of measures to help prevent heat illnesses of outdoor workers when the heat index rises above 91 degrees.
*OSHA developed the standards to ensure the safety of crane hoisted personnel platforms – a common site where skyscrapers are being erected.
*OSHA recently fined a company for not complying with standards to prevent cave-ins (for workers who are working below ground in any number of scenarios).
Also, OSHA has set standards for everything from mandatory safety training to exposure to asbestos and bloodborne pathogens to permissible protective equipment.
Safety regulations are to be posted and visible for employees as well as incorporated into employee handbooks.
Most companies require employees to initial or otherwise indicate that they have read all safety requirements of the job for which they will work.
RESEARCHING EMPLOYERS SAFETY RECORD
To search OSHA for businesses inspection data, click here:
HOUSTON HAS TWO OSHA OFFICES
Houston South Area Office
17625 El Camino Real, Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77058
(281) 286-6352 FAX
Houston North Area Office
690 S. Loop 336 W., Suite 400
Conroe, Texas 77304
(936) 760-3327 FAX
TEXAS OSHCON PROGRAM
Texas employers have access to a free to help eliminate workplace hazards and prevent construction accidents. The confidential program is run by the worker’s compensation department but is available to all employers in the state of Texas whether or not they carry workers compensation.
Businesses taking advantage of the program have demonstrated a lower incidence of accidents for their employees.
Employers can go online at www.txoshcon.com to apply for assistance, or they may call 1-800 252-7031 or contact the department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONLINE VIDEO TRAINING
Employers can also take advantage of training that is available online to access the video library click here: https://www.osha.gov/video/
In the end, OSHA plays an essential part in keeping Americans safe on the job.
HOUSTON CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT LAWYERS USE OSHA RULES
Houston construction accident attorneys use OSHA violations to help prove violations of standards of care after a serious injury or fatal construction accident.
If you were injured in a construction accident or if you have lost a loved one in a construction accident involving a third-party, contact the Baumgartner Law Firm for a free no obligation consultation about your rights and options. 281-587-1111.