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Does OSHA Keep Workers Safe?

An employee should never have to question their safety while at work. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), you have certain rights to safety and conditions in your workplace. But how does OSHA keep workers safe?

Under federal law, as a worker you have certain rights and are safe to file complaints if you believe you are not being treated fairly at your workplace. If you want help understanding your rights, or you believe you are not being treated fairly at your place of employment, The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can help evaluate your case. Our Houston workplace accident lawyers are here to help you pursue compensation and fight for your rights. Call us today at (281) 283-8500 for a free case evaluation.

Who Does OSHA Cover?

OSHA coverage varies for different workers. However, each employee is protected under some sort of coverage set forth by OSHA.

  • Private Sector Employees- Most private sector employers have coverage for their employers through OSHA itself, or through another approved state-run plan like OSHA.
  • State and Local Government Employees- At the state and local level, employers do not have OSHA. 22 states currently do have protection for public employees; however, Texas has not enacted this policy yet.
  • Federal Government Workers- All federal agencies have coverage. Federal agencies are required to have a similar coverage program as private businesses. OSHA monitors and regulates government agencies to make certain they are adhering to the proper standards set forth.

What Does OSHA Cover?

You are entitled to safety where you work. However, under OSHA, you have the benefit of filing a complaint or concern without fear of retaliation. You have certain rights such as:

  • Safe machinery
  • Proper safety gear
  • Protection from chemicals
  • The right to an inspection and to talk to the inspector
  • Training in a language you are familiar with
  • Telling OSHA of work injuries or sicknesses
  • Seeing the log of past work injuries and sicknesses
  • Receiving copies of hazardous tests performed

When Should I Report a Complaint?

You should file a complaint to OSHA as soon as possible. Under their standards, they can only cite a hazard that is currently at your workplace, or one that has been present within the past six months. It is imperative that you report any concerns immediately upon suspicion.

If your employer has retaliated against you for using your OSHA rights, you are should report the incident within 30 days.

OSHA will protect your information keep it confidential from your employer. You have the right to a safe work environment. You can file your complaint online, through fax or mail, or by telephone.

How Houston Workplace Injury Lawyers Can Help

At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our Houston workplace injury lawyers are trained in OSHA’s regulations and can inform you of your rights and help you pursue compensation.

If you have been injured at your workplace and are unsure of your next steps, contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C., to schedule a free initial consultation. We will evaluate your case and help you receive compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (281) 283-8500.