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Reporting OSHA Violations and Employer Retaliation

Workers have the right to report their employer for violation of any of these regulations without any fear of retaliation.

OSAH Safety Violations

Every worker is entitled to a safe work environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides safety guidelines to employers in all industries, and business owners are required to comply with these regulations.

When a worker gets injured due to unsafe working conditions, he/she is entitled to workers compensation benefits. However, if the worker is aware of certain safety violations in the workplace that can cause injury, they have the right to request that the violations are corrected. Workers can do so without any fear of retaliation by the employer. St. Louis worker injury lawyer explains that when a worker suffers injury or illness in the workplace due to unsafe working conditions, they can take action to ensure their own safety and that of the co-workers.

Worker Rights Under OSHA

Workers in certain industries such as assembly, construction, and food face many dangers in the workplace on a daily basis. While many of these dangers are inherent to the nature of work that is carried out in these places, it is the duty of the employer to ensure that all necessary safeguards are in place. OSHA provides the following rights to workers:

  • Get adequate training
  • Have access to required safety gear such as harness, gloves etc.
  • Work on safe machines
  • Be protected from toxic chemicals
  • Report the workplace injury or illness, and get access to copies of medical records
  • Request an OSHA inspection
  • See and review copies of injury and illness log
  • Gets copies of results of tests carried out to find workplace hazards

Workers have the right to report their employer for violation of any of these regulations without any fear of retaliation. The law protects the worker from the following actions:

  • Suspension
  • Demoting
  • Blacklisting
  • Denying promotion or overtime
  • Denying benefits
  • Disciplining
  • Failing to hire or rehire
  • Intimidation
  • Firing or laying off
  • Reassignment to a less desirable position
  • Making threats
  • Reducing pay or hours

If your employer has engaged in any of the above mentioned actions in response to the safety violation report to have made, contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann.

Common OSHA Violations

Here is a list of some of the common workplace OSHA violations:

  • Fall protection
  • Scaffolds
  • Hazard communication
  • Respiratory protection
  • Powered industrial trucks
  • Lockout/tagout
  • Ladders
  • Electrical wiring
  • Machine guarding
  • Electrical, general requirements

Reporting Employer Retaliation

Workers have 30 days to report any violation of the OSHA Act. The workers can file a report with OSHA by submitting a written complaint to the regional OSHA office or by calling or visiting the local office. OSHA will review and investigate the complaint, and if the employer is found to be at fault, OSHA will issue an order asking the employer to make necessary changes.

Contact a St. Louis Workmans Comp Attorney

If you need to know more about your rights, you should contact an experienced and competent St. Louis workplace injury lawyer. If you have suffered an injury as a result of an OSHA violation, we will ensure that you get the appropriate workers compensation benefits.

Contact us today at (314) 361-4300 or fill out our online contact form.

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Updated: November 9, 2022