The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has lost approximately 40 inspectors in the past year. OSHA is responsible for protecting workers safety and health, especially in high-risk environments like manufacturing plants and construction sites, so the decrease has had major, and possibly long-term, effects. Workers in Pennsylvania will want to know what these effects are.
When inspectors are not there to investigate employee complaints, flag hazards, and document violations, employers start to feel like there’s no incentive to keep their workplace safe; this leads to a greater risk for injuries and deaths. Some industry groups state, though, that creating safety programs is more important for businesses. To fill vacancies, OSHA has hired some two dozen officials.
Whether or not their company is inspected, employers have a duty to ensure workplace safety in accordance with OSHA guidelines. Even when they do comply, though, accidents happen. In cases where negligence is not involved, victims may be able to file for workers’ compensation benefits with the assistance of a lawyer. A lawyer may be able to help clients get the right medical benefits, especially if they’ve been disabled temporarily or permanently, and negotiate for a reasonable settlement. A settlement may also cover lost wages and future lost income.