Q What is OSHA and how does it affect my construction injury claim?
In 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to guarantee regulated safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women. It is OSHA’s duty to set and enforce safety standards and provide training, outreach, education, and assistance to workers and employers to assure the utmost in safety, protection, and workers’ rights.
Consequences of Noncompliance With OSHA Safety Standards
When safety standards aren’t met, are ignored, or intentionally refused by an employer, he can not only be fined and imprisoned for the noncompliance, but if an accident or injury is a direct result of the neglect—he can also be sued for damages.
If an employer is sued, or a construction injury claim is filed, an OSHA representative can testify on the victim’s behalf, citing the unmet standards. Since the OSHA is a federally funded body, any testimony given with their backing, pulls a lot of weight when it comes to a settlement and the offending employer won’t have much of a defense to fall back on.
Who Must Adhere to OSHA Construction Standards
All parties involved in a construction project including but not limited to:
Louisiana also has additional laws and regulations in conjunction with OSHA which may also affect construction parties.
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