The Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA was established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. As part of the Department of Labor, its main function is to reduce workplace hazards and ensure that safety and health programs are implemented. The agency’s safety standards and regulations are applicable to construction sites. According to the website of Abel Law Firm, construction accidents or personal injuries in general can result to irreversible harm and life-changing consequences.

Under the OSHA, both employee and employer have responsibilities to ensure the safety and conduciveness of the construction site. According to the website of Hach and Rose, LLP, construction accidents and injuries can happen suddenly and without warning and may leave people seriously injured. Here then are the responsibilities of employees and employers under the OSHA:

Employees

  • Access to their exposure and medical records
  • Receive a copy of tests done to find hazards in the workplace
  • Request OSHA to withhold their names from their employer when they sign and file a written complaint
  • Review record of work-related injuries and illnesses
  • Freedom from discriminatory or retaliatory action from their employer

Employer

  • Make the workplace free from recognized hazards
  • Give employees safe tools and equipment
  • Inform employees of safety and health standards applicable to their workplace
  • Display in prominent areas the official OSHA poster indicating employee’s rights and responsibilities as stipulated in the OSH Act.
  • Provide safety training to their workers

Under the OSHA, the employer should correct any hazards present in the workplace and if not, employees can contact the agency through a written complaint. If the OSHA suspects that there is a violation or danger that exists, they can conduct an inspection. A representative of employees, chosen by the union, can accompany the OSHA in conducting the inspection. Both employer and employees will then be informed of the removal of any hazards.

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