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Workplace safety violations often lead to job-related accident

In a move to help improve workplace safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration instituted a program to track companies that have been cited for serious infractions. Companies that are found to have willfully ignored required protocols to protect employees are more likely to see an increase in reports concerning a job-related accident. North Carolina workers may be interested in learning more since workplace safety is a concern for all.

OSHA has recently stated that there has been an increase in the number of companies that have been placed in the program. Only those workplaces that have been cited for serious, willful violations are listed. Of concern is the fact that the list has grown in the past few years since the program was started. According to the records, an additional 85 employers have been added since the previous year. That represents in increase of 23 percent over 2013.

There were five companies that were removed from the program when they corrected all of the alleged deficiencies and maintained proper procedures. Any company that has been placed in the enforcement program is subjected to increased scrutiny in order to ensure that the necessary corrections have been made and that the work site is in compliance with the mandated safety protocols. While some have claimed that the program is too restrictive and that only one serious violation can place a business on the list, the end goal is to protect the health and safety of workers.

North Carolina employees may be quite concerned about the safety of their own job sites and may take precautions against suffering from a job-related accident. However, not every mishap can be avoided, and it may be of comfort to know that the workers' compensation program will be able to provide financial assistance in the event a worker suffers an injury or illness while working. There are also resources that can provide additional aid if a worker has an issue when filing a qualifying claim.

Source: ehstoday.com, "OSHA's List of Severe Violators Grows by 23 Percent", Josh Cable, Aug. 13, 2014

Source: ehstoday.com, "OSHA's List of Severe Violators Grows by 23 Percent", Josh Cable, Aug. 13, 2014

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