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OSHA Standards Set to Rise by Summer 2016

June 24th, 2016 at 8:22 am

OSHA, Chicago workers' compensation lawyersWhile job safety has been on a rapid rise over the last half century, there is still a very long way to go before the most dangerous jobs are considered safe. The Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA) is about to roll out a new program that will eliminate some of the dangers associated with particularly hazardous work environments. According to Forbes, some of the most dangerous jobs include:

  • Airline pilots;
  • Animal caretakers;
  • Construction workers;
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT);
  • Enlisted military personnel;
  • Firefighters;
  • Tractor trailer operators;
  • Loggers;
  • Parole or correctional officers; and
  • Police officers.

Not on the list are the exceptionally dangerous occupations of roofers and fishermen. Miners, taxi drivers, convenience store employees, athletes, farmers and ranchers, landscapers, garbage and recycling collectors, electrical line workers, bus drivers, and driving/sales workers are also at high risk. No matter what type of work, there are risks involved. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that those risks are minimized to the greatest possible extent.

With thousands of on-the-job deaths every year, the majority of those fatalities are the result of transportation collisions (traffic accidents), falls, being struck by an object or being pinned between objects, electrocution, and even homicide. Injuries and serious illnesses, of course, are more prevalent. Serious injuries can range from debilitating repetitive motion injuries to paralysis from a spinal cord injury. Luckily the most dangerous occupations are about to be thrown a life preserver in the form of a new standard for analyzing the workplace accidents of various industries and specific companies.

OSHA Set to Increase Spotlight on Irresponsible Employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is putting into motion a new rule to create a more modern way of collecting workplace injury data, according to reports. Through behavioral economics, OSHA believes the new standard will help improve workplace safety. Specifically, the data collected from companies will be made available to the public, bringing to light which companies take safety seriously, and which do not. This, in theory, should help force the hand of employers to increase their safety protocols and treat safety as their number one priority. The new system will require 432,000 high-hazard workplaces that employ 20-249 employees and 34,000 high hazard workplaces with over 250 employees to send their individual injury and illness information to OSHA each year. The information will be used to track trends and give employers means to make comparisons to other companies in the same field, while also putting public pressure on the shoulders of the company to set higher standards for safety. By revealing the intimate safety data of a company, workers can see whether their employer is on the right side of their particular industry’s safety average.

Contact an Attorney for Help

Unfortunately, far too many injured employees may be denied the compensation that they rightfully deserve. As such, if you were injured on the job, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney today with the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288 and learn how we can assist you.

 

Sources:

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mkl45ejklg/parolecorrections-office/

http://ehstoday.com/osha/big-data-osha-poised-create-massive-data-set-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses

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