Georgia workers who feel threatened by safety hazards to which they are exposed at their places of employment have the right to report their concerns to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA may follow such reports with investigations to determine whether the company owners violated the prescribed safety regulations. Failure to protect workers from workplace injuries is punishable by law, and, if violations are identified, they are graded and penalties are leveled accordingly.
Employers in Georgia are responsible for ensuring the safety of their employees. Companies are required to have proper lockout systems in place wherever there mechanical or electrical equipment is in use. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified inadequate lockout or tagout systems as one of the primary causes of workplace injuries.
Georgia workers have the right to be protected against workplace hazards, and these hazards include exposure to toxic fumes. When employers fail to provide adequate protection, workers have the right to file a complaint with authorities. Such claims will be evaluated and may lead to an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A metal recycling plant in another state recently received several citations after OSHA acted upon a complaint about unsafe working conditions that posed threats of workplace injuries.
Rather than waiting for a severe injury or death of a worker to occur in the Georgia auto parts industry, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is carrying out inspections as part of a regional program. Its aim is to identify safety violations that might cause workplace injuries or fatalities. A recent inspection at Nissin Brake Georgia Inc. resulted in multiple citations for workplace safety violations.