Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA
In the State of Florida, as well as all over this country, employers are forced to ensure that the proper precautions are in place so that employees are safe. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA for short, is an organization in place with the main purpose of protecting employees while at work. Without these standards and rules enforced by OSHA, employers would ultimately be free to act as they wish and provide for the safety of its employees as they see fit.
Florida highway construction site accident
As a Florida highway construction accident lawyer, I am very familiar with OSHA and after helping several injured in highway car crashes, OSHA records have been a valuable resource when investigating the actions, or inaction, taken by companies during the operation of their construction site. Typically, OSHA records detailing and identifying prior incidents involving injuries on a job site can be very revealing when it comes to the knowledge that the company had prior to the pending accident. And up until recently, it has been very difficult to recover these records, if not impossible, without filing a lawsuit and serving the necessary subpoenas and requests upon OSHA.
This difficulty can be coming to an end very soon with recent news coming out just last month. Specifically, OSHA has proposed a rule to be enacted that would require employers to submit accident and injury incident reports electronically. Ultimately, this proposed rule would create the first publicly available database of detailed workplace safety information. Now, this proposed rule does not change any obligation for the employer when it comes to report, but it does modify the transmission of these records to OSHA.
Should this proposed rule come into effect, the average person would be able to access prior incident and accident information about his or her prospective employer. This is an especially attractive rule and resource for construction workers or others seeking employment that would be placed in potentially hazardous conditions.
This proposed rule will not completely eliminate accidents at the workplace or at construction sites. However, at the very least, those seeking employment at a company will then be able to conduct their own background check into the employer’s accident history.
If you or someone you know was injured in an accident, then contact our Aventura construction site injury lawyers today.