How Does OSHA Prioritize Inspections?
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) conducts safety inspections based on the priority of the hazards in question. With over seven million workplaces to inspect, there is not enough manpower or time in the year for OSHA to work any other way. Most inspections are conducted without advance notice, though employers do have the right to require inspectors to obtain a warrant before entering a worksite.
The highest priority of OSHA’s inspectors is the investigation of imminent danger situations that can quickly result in the serious physical injury or death of a worker. Next in line are incidents that have already occurred and led to the death or hospitalization of three or more employees. An explosion, vehicle malfunction or chemical leak could lead to one such inspection.
After that, employee complaints will attract the attention of OSHA’s inspectors, and beyond that, referrals from other agencies or individuals. Follow-ups and planned investigations fall on the bottom of OSHA’s inspection priorities list.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Injured On the Job?
Your employer is responsible for keeping you safe no matter what your line of work. Whether your injury is an occupational disease, like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or a serious injury involving the loss of a limb, if your employer was at fault, it should be held accountable for not keeping you healthy while performing your duties.
If a workplace injury has lessened your quality of life, call Larrimer & Larrimer. Our decades of experience have made us one of Ohio’s premiere workers’ compensation firms, and we would love to hear from you. Learn more about our firm and our work by checking out our Facebook page.
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