Safety and OSHA Violations

West Virginia Workplace Accident Lawyer

For over a century US citizens, industrial leaders and government have worked to protect the health and safety of American workers. In 1941, President Roosevelt called on the National Safety Council (NSC) to "mobilize its nationwide resources in leading a concerted and intensified campaign against accidents...". In 1953 President Eisenhower formally recognized the NSC's leadership in coordinating safety efforts. In 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to set and enforce standards of safety and health for Americans in the workplace.

In today's fast-paced economy higher demand for products and services necessitates even higher standards of safety in the workplace. One state, West Virginia, has recognized this need, enacting "deliberate intent" or Mandolidis laws to protect its workforce employed in high-risk occupations. You and deserve a safe work environment. When you have suffered injuries on the job due to negligence or safety violations, it is vital to seek the guidance of a West Virginia personal injury attorney who understands all industry, state and federal regulations regarding workplace accidents.

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Our nation depends on the health and ability of its working people. Negligence and violations of safety resulting in accidents and injury dissolve the health, productivity and happiness of a family, a business, an industry, even a nation. Top 10 OSHA Safety Violations resulting in injury or death for 2010:

  • Scaffolding - Scaffold accidents result from planking or support failures and falls.

  • Fall protection - Failure to provide fall protection at heights of four feet and higher.

  • Hazard communication - Failures label and provide safety data on hazardous chemicals.

  • Respiratory protection - Failure to use or provide respirators to workers against insufficient oxygen environments.

  • Ladders - Ladder Falls are one of the leading causes of traumatic occupational death.

  • Lockout-tag out - Failure to safeguard against unexpected machinery startup, or release of hazardous energy.

  • Electrical-Wiring Methods - Failure to train or use standard procedures to prevent electrocutions while working with electrical wiring.

  • Powered Industrial Trucks - Forklift accidents occur trucks turnover.

  • Electrical-General - Accidents occur working with overhead lines or circuit assemblies.

  • Machine Guarding- Failure to provide or use guards to protect workers using hazardous machinery.

The Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC provides the representation you need to hold companies and industries responsible for negligence and safety violations. If you have suffered a workplace injury, it is important to contact a West Virginia workplace injury lawyer with the experience to handle all aspects of your workplace injury claim.


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