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.
There is no valid reason for employers to disregard the safety of their workers. Yet, some company owners continue to allow dangerous conditions to threaten employees, even after receiving citations for safety violations. One safety hazard that is prevalent in different industries is exposure to moving machine parts, and a Georgia air filter manufacturer recently received repeat citations after a worker suffered severe workplace injuries.
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).
When Georgia construction companies plan projects, they are required by law to consider the safety regulations that apply. Work that has to be done at dangerous heights, such as on a roof, scaffolding or ladder, requires particular consideration. Workers who are expected to perform their duties at heights exceeding a prescribed level are exposed to the risk of falling accidents that may result in severe injuries or worse if they are not using proper fall protection.
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.
Many fatal workplace accidents are caused by workers falling from ladders, platforms and other types of lifts. The severity of the injuries suffered in accidents involving falls is not always determined by the distance the worker fell. A fall from the second or third step of a ladder is sometimes as devastating as a fall from a 30-foot platform. Employers in Georgia have to comply with the safety regulations that are prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When a severe workplace accident occurs, OSHA will launch an investigation to determine whether any safety violations were violated.
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.