Regulations set forth by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are designed to protect workers and prevent employers from maintaining unsafe working conditions for their employees. Without these protections in place, it is very likely that people working in all sorts of industries would be exposed to hazardous occupational environments.
Unfortunately, many employers ignore these regulations, placing their workers’ health and livelihoods in jeopardy for the sake of a profit. When Connecticut employers violate OSHA regulations, they cost all consumers money. They also cost hard-working people their health and financial security.
Top OSHA Violations
The United States Department of Labor has published statistics that reveal the most frequent types of employer OSHA regulation violations.
The top 10 most common OSHA violations include:
- Fall protection
- Hazard communication (placing warning labels and safety data sheets on chemicals, properly labeling chemicals and other hazardous materials)
- Respiratory protection
- Electrical wiring methods
- Powered industrial trucks
- Lockout/tagout (methods that prevent machines and equipment from starting up unexpectedly due to the release of stored energy)
- General electrical requirements
- Machine guarding
As home to one of the nation’s highest concentrations of engineers and scientists, it is no surprise that Connecticut is home to some of the most large scale construction projects on the planet.
Construction workers, engineers, and other professionals work with scaffolds, cranes, and all manner of construction equipment. These hard-working construction professionals put their lives on the line to keep our economy thriving. They deserve protection and high safety standards in the workplace.
Connecticut Personal Injury Attorneys
Workers in all industries are entitled to a safe working environment. If you have been injured on the job, especially during construction, alteration, renovation, repair, or demolition work, and you suspect your employer violated OSHA requirements, you have important rights. The experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyers at Nugent & Bryant are here to help. Call us today at (203) 795-1111 for a free consultation.