There are dangers to many workplaces that lead to injuries. Information about accidents at work has been kept by many employers in physical logs. If a rule proposed by OSHA passes, information regarding accidents at work could become much more widely available to Connecticut residents and to the public as a whole.
Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1971 in order to prevent work accidents and deaths due to unsafe working environments. Since its creation, work-related deaths have decreased by over 65 percent while injuries and illnesses have lessened by 67 percent.OSHA covers most private sector employers and employees, as well as some employees in the public sector. Self-employed workers, family members of farm employers and workers in fields regulated by other agencies are generally not covered. OSHA sets standards describing the methods employers must comply with to protect their workers from hazards or a preventable accident at work. Some of these standards include regulations to prevent falls or cave-ins, reduce exposure to harmful chemicals and provide respirators or other safety equipment for employees.
A Connecticut construction company finds itself facing large fines for failing to abide by safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company must pay for violating worker safety regulations in multiple areas and will have to make some adjustments before its failures result in an accident at work.The Connecticut business received a negative evaluation from a recent OSHA investigation regarding safety and health standards within the industry. OSHA cited the company for multiple infractions including inadequate protections from falls and electrical hazards. Additionally, the construction business did not provide appropriate training regarding lead hazards or the purpose, selection and use of respirators. OSHA states company employees were exposed to high levels of lead from paint scrapings and also noted the lack of employee medical evaluations for the purposes of determining fitness for respirators. OSHA fined the business over $100,000 for all of the citations. The company now has 15 business days to contest the findings or make the appropriate reparations.Under OSHA regulations, employers must fulfill certain obligations in order to provide a safe workplace environment for their employees. Included in these requirements is the duty to inform employees of the safety standards applicable to their work, inform employees of the existence and availability of medical and exposure records and complete a written, comprehensive hazard program that dictates provisions for dealing with hazardous materials, such as lead. Employers that fail to meet these standards will receive a citation to remedy any discovered hazards and may be required to pay a fine for each violation. Employees know of certain risks and hazards prominent within their chosen field of work. However, employers are required to do their part in creating the safest work environment possible. Additionally, workers compensation claims help individual employees harmed due to an employer's negligence receive the medical care and wage compensation they deserve.
For Connecticut workers and their families, one of the biggest fears is for there to be an accident on the job leading to a serious or fatal injury. While these types of workplace accidents are most frequently associated with the so-called "risky" jobs such as construction, law enforcement or firefighting, they can happen at any time for a multitude of reasons. When these happen, there is federal oversight as to how it is reported.
A town golf course worker in Connecticut suffered a hand injury from a mower he was using while on the job. The Connecticut Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration-the state's equivalent to the federal OSHA-is now investigating alongside the Ridgefield Police.
All kinds of workers in Connecticut can be injured in an accident at work. Construction workers and those who work with heavy machinery may be at a higher risk for certain kinds of accidents, but they are not the only ones facing the possibility of serious injury.
Connecticut residents are increasingly dependent upon cellphones and other high-tech wireless communication devices, but they often forget about all the physical infrastructures that go into making these things work. In order to meet the growing demand for these devices, companies need to erect more and more communications towers, and this requires employees to perform dangerous work.
Some jobs have inherent hazards, but all Connecticut workers have the right to a reasonably safe workplace. This means that employers have a duty to protect their employees from unreasonable safety and health hazards. To make sure they live up to that duty, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets safety standards for workplaces and enforces them with inspections and fines. Unfortunately, many employers don't seem to take OSHA or the safety of their employees very seriously.
Connecticut and federal officials try to make sure that workplaces are safe, but they can't prevent every accident. What's worse, some employers have a history of not doing their part to watch out for the safety of their employees.
Connecticut's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or CONN-OSHA, is known for responding to complaints or work accidents and imposing fines on private employers who provide their employees with an unsafe working environment. However, CONN-OSHA also conducts random inspections and can impose fines on even government agencies when they violate safety standards.