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.
When an employee goes to work, she or he should not have to worry about sustaining an injury or being killed while on the job. Still, workplace accidents happen all of the time. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is tasked with ensuring that employers are following federal regulations. Recently, OSHA cited Integra Health Management after investigations determined that two violations occurred when a female worker for the company was killed by a patient.
Workers in Florida may be exposed to more risks than they think while on the job. A release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that nearly 4,700 workers lost their lives on the job in 2011. About 13 people die each day from workplace injuries and accidents. This goes to show that workplace accidents are not only damaging but can also be deadly.
A construction project has experienced its second fatality since it began. The recent death should be viewed as a reminder to Florida workers about the dangers of working in construction.
Cellphone towers are a common sight in Florida and elsewhere in the country. While many have seen such towers and take advantage of the services provided by them, few realize how dangerous a job it is to work on a tower. According to reports, 50 tower climbers have been killed since 2003, with 11 of them losing their lives on AT&T projects between the years of 2006 and 2008.
After the death of a whale trainer working at SeaWorld Orlando in 2010, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration stepped in to investigate. When all was said and done, OSHA levied $75,000 in fines against the organization which also has parks in other states. A federal judge presiding over the case agreed with OSHA's findings but decreased the fine to $12,000. The ruling requires that the organization modify its procedures so that the safety of trainers is secured in order to minimize workplace injuries.
A tragic scene unfolded in a Florida port earlier this week, when a 48-year-old man from Tampa was crushed by a crane basket. The accident is a stark reminder to people who work in industrial and other fields where accidents are more likely to occur that employers need to respect federal and state worker-safety regulations.