*A list of employees’ rights and employers’ responsibilities
*Basic rules on worker safety in the construction industry
As one of the most common sources of workplace injuries, construction accidents are among the main concerns of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The OSHA, created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, gives certain rights and responsibilities to workers and employers alike, and ensures that proper compensation is given to construction accident victims. This article provides a list of employees’ rights and employers’ obligations concerning construction accidents under this act. For more information you can check out these Dallas accident FAQs
These rights are meant to protect employees from working hazards and ensure that they are given safe working environments. Some of the main rights include:
- -Access to workplace safety information. Construction workers have the right to get copies of standards and regulations governing their field of work. These materials should be available in the workplace at all times, and ideally given to employees as soon as they get signed on.
- -Access to medical records. Before hiring a worker, most companies will require a medical report ensuring that a person is fit for the kind of work involved. Workers should be able to retrieve and review these records as needed, whether or not there was an accident.
- -Requests for inspection. If a worker finds a potential work hazard or suspects a violation of standards, he or she has the right to contact the OSHA and request an inspection. Usually, a compliance officer from the OSHA will come to inspect the premises a few days after the request.
- -Anonymity. Workers who file complaints or request investigations can choose to keep their names hidden from the employer to avoid retaliatory or discriminatory action. This is done by simply requesting anonymity from the OSHA representatives concerned.
Much of a worker’s safety depends on the employer’s management, and the OSHA works to make sure they comply with state and federal standards. Among other things, employers are required to:
- -Keep the workplace free from safety and health hazards at all times;
- -Inform its workers of relevant safety and health regulations;
- -Display the official OSHA rights and responsibilities poster in a prominent place;
- -Implement an efficient communication program to manage workplace hazard (e.g. container labeling, data sheets on commonly handled materials, training programs); and
- -Inform workers upon hiring that their medical records are available for retrieval and review.
This article is not intended as legal advice.