OSHA Protects Construction Employees

Attorney Vance Countryman practices law in the state of Wyoming. Providing legal services at his self-titled firm for more than a decade, Vance Countryman helps everyday citizens fight against large corporations following work-related injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as a provision to protect workers and employers. OSHA states that employers must provide a safe work environment for its employees. The site must be free and clear of recognized hazards that can lead to physical harm or death of an employee.

In the case of construction, employees may request an official inspection of a worksite by an OSHA area director. Inspections are granted when an employee believes or discovers that violations and hazardous conditions exist. Additionally, employees have the right to access work-related injury and illness records as well as documents showing the results of hazard tests conducted on a worksite. Other employee rights include anonymity when filing a complaint and protection from retaliation as a result of a filed OSHA grievance.

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