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The OSHA Act: Helping employees maintain a safe work environment

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is a labor law that makes sure that workers have a safe place to work. This law is effective in New Jersey and the other 49 states. Even though workers have this protection, employers still commit serious violations. The following example shows how an employer created an unsafe work environment.

The accident occurred as a warehouse worker was moving inventory while on top of a wooden pallet held by a forklift. After falling 7 feet to the concrete floor, the worker eventually succumbed to his injuries. This dangerous practice of moving supplies was common at the warehouse.

The OSHA Act requires employers to provide proper equipment to avoid serious accidents. They should also implement safety guidelines for workers. Furthermore, the employees should receive training to avoid on-the-job injuries. Companies may also post signs for workers about their rights and responsibilities.

In addition, employers can implement various procedures to prevent more incidents from happening on the job. Companies should not let workers ride on equipment, which can cause injuries. Owners must provide employees with the right types of tools and equipment. Furthermore, employers need to provide fall protection to prevent serious injuries.

Employees should have the equipment that has the correct type of platform for holding them. Workers need to have training in operating these machines. The instructions must be in a written style easy for the workers to understand. Plus, the employees should have hands-on training in operating the equipment.

Employees who receive workplace injuries may want to hire an attorney. A legal professional could help a client file workers' compensation claim.

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