It seems that on the whole, OSHA has a net positive effect on reducing injuries in the workplace. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has guidelines that a workplace must abide by and routinely conducts inspections, and its willingness to cite and penalize employers who do abide by its stipulations and do not maintain a safe working environment has proved a boon to workers.
A study conducted in 2015 conducted by the Institute for Work and Health seems to at least point to the effectiveness of OSHA’s guidelines. The impact of the of OSHA regulation enforcement has typically been difficult to establish. Although the study found it difficult to ascertain precisely how effective threats of inspections were, it was demonstrated however that actual tangible punishments did seem to reduce how frequently and seriously workers were injured.
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Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary for OSHA echoed the findings in saying “This confirms what we have been saying for a long time—that OSHA inspections and penalties are important and effective components of a comprehensive strategy to improve workplace safety and health.”
The study supports the notion that a vigorous OSHA is good for workers. Employers who fail to keep up their workplaces can be held liable, just as they can if they provide insufficient or no insurance coverage to their employees. An Orange County workers’ compensation attorney can hold an employer accountable using OSHA penalties as evidence of liability if you are injured while on the job.
Even if your employer was not to blame, the Law Offices of Robert Willyard can protect your rights to ensure you obtain the workers’ compensation you deserve to cover your expenses.