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OSHA regulations in place to ensure safety, protect lives

Employers are required by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to make sure workers are not exposed to hazardous situations and circumstances while on the job. This means following OSHA regulations. When an on-the-job accident occurs in Orlando, Florida, an agent from OSHA may be sent in, depending on the severity of the incident. In other words, if a fatality occurs due to an injury suffered while in the workplace, employers can expect a representative from OSHA to respond in a timely manner.

This is when OSHA conducts its investigations, making sure that the agency's regulations are being followed. If they are not, the company may be accused of violations and cited for them. Worse yet is when OSHA decides that a worker's death could have been prevented, had the company been following these mandates. This is what happened recently after an investigation conducted by the federal regulator was initiated due to the death of a worker in December 2012. According to reports, the man was killed when he was struck by a broken band saw blade.

The OSHA investigation resulted in 17 citations against the company whom the worker was employed by. One of the citations was willful, according to investigators, meaning that the employer either disregarded regulations or was plainly indifferent to the safety of its workers. The citation was issued because the company failed to use control procedures for hazardous energy when un-jamming, cleaning and removing debris from machinery and equipment. This violation allowed many employees to be exposed to dangerous circumstances that could have resulted in more deaths. Along with 14 serious safety violations, this likely contributed to the death of the worker late last year. If you have suffered an injury at work or a loved one has lost her or his life to a job, speak with an experienced attorney on the matter to see what can be done.

Source:  WorkersCompensation.com, "OSHA Cites Texas Employer After Worker Death" No Author Given, Aug. 06, 2013

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