Workers employed by some Georgia companies may be exposed to many hazards that are known to be violations of safety regulations. Due to the financial risk of failure to secure alternative employment, workers often continue to work for companies where they are continuously at risk of suffering workplace injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced its intention to issue 26 citations to a Georgia recycling company, of which 14 will be repeat violations, The others are classified as serious violations.
Workers are often exposed to obvious safety hazards that are disregarded by their employers. Georgia workers may find some comfort in knowing that the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is always on the lookout for situations in which workers are at risk of suffering workplace injuries. OSHA aims to prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths by not waiting for workplace accidents to happen before inspections are carried out.
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.
One of many hazards faced by workers in Georgia and elsewhere is working in trenches. Projects that can require trenches include installing cables, burying utilities and pouring foundations. Many workplace injuries and even deaths have resulted from company owners not complying with safety regulations that are prescribed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
One of the many safety hazards workers in Georgia are exposed to is falling from heights. If an employer fails to obey the strict safety regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers may suffer catastrophic injuries or even die in an on-the-job accident. In addition to providing proper safety training, workers should be supplied with the necessary fall protection equipment when working at elevated positions.
Workers who are in the employ of a chemical manufacturing company would likely expect the company owners to be knowledgeable about the potential hazards presented by the various chemicals. However, a Georgia-based chemical manufacturer was recently cited for serious safety violations at one of its facilities in another state. OSHA found that workers were exposed to chemicals that may cause severe workplace injuries or even death.
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.
Construction workers in Georgia are likely aware of the dangers they are exposed to on a daily basis. They depend mainly on the company owners or other responsible parties to ensure safe workplace surroundings. Construction sites should be inspected before work commences, and all injury hazards should be addressed. A man who suffered severe workplace injuries in a construction accident in another state on April 30 has filed a lawsuit against two parties who he claims to be responsible for his 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.