Every job can be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not put in place. For retail, a worker might see that mannequin fixtures are unstable and for that reason, are able to fall and injure other employees or guests. In the oilfield industry, workers may notice unsecured machinery that has the potential to trap or crush a person. No matter what the jobs, hazards should be avoided at all costs.
For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works hard to ensure all Americans are provided with a safe work environment. That is why OSHA permits employees and their representatives the ability to file a complaint. In addition, a person may also request that an inspector survey the workplace to ensure any serious hazards are removed immediately. Below is list of the different things you can do to file a complaint or request an inspection.
- Fill out an online complaint form:
- Visit https://www.osha.gov/pls/osha7/eComplaintForm.html to fill out a complaint form.
- More than likely, this type of complaint will be forwarded to a state plan. (This determines on the state in which the complaint was filed.)
- Fill out a complaint form and send it through the fax or mail:
- You can download a complaint form at https://www.osha.gov/oshforms/osha7.pdf and submit or mail it to your regional or area office.
- Most likely, this type of complaint will result in an onsite OSHA inspection.
- Send a letter to your local OSHA regional or area office:
- You can write a letter, which should detail the reasons for your complaint.
- You should add your name, telephone number, and address so that an OSHA staff can respond to you as soon as possible.
- Call your local OSHA office:
- You can call 1-800-321-OSHA to report the hazard. The OSHA staff will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Why You Should File a Complaint?
OSHA advises that any employee, representative, or other person who notices a hazard try to resolve the issue with the business’s supervisors, managers, or safety and health committee, first. However, if that person neglects dealing with the issue, it is important to notify OSHA right away. By doing so, you ensure the appropriate actions are taken to protect the safety of others. In addition, it is crucial to file a claim if there are any violations of safety or health standards.
If You Have Been Harmed Due to an OSHA Violation
If you or someone you love has been harmed due to an avoidable workplace hazard, it is important to seek experienced legal representation right away. You may be compensated for any medical expenses, physical pains, and emotional stresses you may face as a result of the injury.
At Shook & Stone, we believe every person deserves to work in a safe, hazard-free environment every day. For this reason, we are here to defend any persons who have been harmed by an avoidable injury. Additionally, if you have been harmed in the workplace, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation.
To discuss you case, contact the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Shook & Stone today! We have recovered over $500 million for our clients.