Every year, employees are in accidents that can both injure and kill them. This can be due to any number of reasons, including equipment failure, improper use of equipment or human error. Regardless of the reason these accidents take place, the fact is steps need to be taken to help reduce the number of workplace accidents and deaths.
What is OSHA?
OSHA is an abbreviation for the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. This is a federal branch of the United States Department of Labor, which is in charge of setting and enforcing workplace safety standards. This department was created as a result of the Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970 in regards to the demand of employer accountability in workplace deaths and accidents. OSHA regulations are applied to all different industries, but many of the regulations cover high-risk jobs such as those in the construction industry.
Importance of Workplace Safety
Workplace safety is a topic every employee should be concerned about. Workplace safety regulations cover such topics as workplace environment as well as safety training on industry equipment. These regulations help to save lives across the United States as employers are required to provide a safe working environment for employees and to train them on the safe use of equipment. Before OSHA was created, there was, on average, 38 worker deaths a day. This number has greatly declined since the implementation of the OSHA Act of 1970, demonstrating the effectiveness of these workplace regulations.