OSHA Violations, Accidents, and Safety Violations
Employers are required by law to enforce strict safety regulations to ensure the health and safety of their workforce. These required safety processes may result in slower productivity or extra steps required to complete a task. Some employers decide to ignore safety regulations or remove safety devices – putting their workers’ safety and lives at stake – to increase productivity.
Removing or ignoring safety procedures can not only cause you to miss work and require expensive medical treatment, it can leave you disabled for life.
Cleveland OSHA Violations Accident Lawyers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a unit within the Department of Labor created to ensure employees have safe and healthy workplaces. Under OSHA, employers must provide a work environment free from safety and health hazards, inform employees about their OSHA rights, provide necessary safety training, and provide access to medical exposure records.
If you’ve been injured because your employer disregarded an OSHA safety regulation, you may be entitled to more than just workers’ compensation. As Cleveland safety violations attorneys at Robin J. Peterson Company, LLC, we are willing and able to act quickly to preserve evidence of the safety violation and initiate an OSHA investigation.
The Greater the Workplace Injury, the Greater the Compensation
Safety regulations exist for a reason – to prevent injury to workers. Employees put their health and safety at stake to work hard for their employers. If you have been injured due to your employer’s violation of a safety regulation you may be entitled to additional compensation above and beyond normal workers’ compensation:
- Violation of specific safety requirement (VSSR) – When a worker is injured due to his/her employer’s violation of a safety requirement, he/she may be able to obtain additional compensation in the form of an employer penalty above-and-beyond normal workers’ compensation allowances.
- Intentional tort claim – If your employer deliberately removed a safety guard or switch and you have been hurt, you may bring an intentional tort claim against that employer. Compensation from intentional torts is not limited under Ohio law and you may receive large amounts of compensation for your injury.
If you have been injured due to your employer’s violation of a safety regulation, contact us to get the compensation you deserve.
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