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OSHA & Construction Worker Safety

In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) was created within the Department of Labor to reduce hazards in the workplace and implement safety and health programs. As a construction employee, OSHA’s safety standards and regulations apply to you, so it’s good to have an idea of your rights in the workplace.

Employee Rights Under OSHA

OSHA gives construction workers the right to:

  • Review copies of standards, rules, regulations, and requirements that should be available at the workplace
  • Have access to employee exposure and medical records
  • Request an inspection of their workplace if they believe there are hazardous conditions or violations of standards
  • Receive a copy of tests done to find hazards in the workplace
  • Have their names withheld from their employer if they file a written complaint
  • Be free of any discriminatory or retaliatory actions taken by their employer as a result of an OSHA complaint
  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses

Employer Obligations Under OSHA:

Employers have a duty to:

  • Provide a workplace free from hazards
  • Make sure employees have safe tools and equipment
  • Inform employees of OSHA safety and health standards
  • Display the official OSHA poster that describes rights and responsibilities in a prominent place
  • Establish a hazard communication program that includes container labeling, material safety data sheets, and an employee training program.
  • Provide employees with safety training
  • Inform employees of their medical and exposure records

OSHA Inspections

If a hazard is not corrected, an employee can contact an OSHA area office and write a complaint. If it’s determined that a danger exists, OSHA will conduct an inspection. The inspector may manage an inspection of the entire workplace or the limited area where the danger or hazard is. At the end of the inspection, the OSHA inspector will meet with the employer and the employee representatives to discuss the mitigation of any hazards found.

If you have been injured at work, contact our Fort Lauderdale workers’ compensation lawyer at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. today. Call (888) 499-6206 for a free initial case evaluation.