Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created in 1970 with the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. This act was the first time a comprehensive federal law was written to set safety standards and guidelines across the country. OSHA was established as an agency within the Department of Labor and given the responsibility to inform companies about and enforce its rules governing workplace safety. To carry out that charge, OSHA was also given the power to initiate inspections to check for compliance and issue citations and penalties based on the severity of the infraction.
OSHA is not only involved in promoting accident prevention but may also launch an investigation following any reported incidents involving the hospitalization or death of a worker.
In cases of workplace injuries, it is important for plaintiffs to work closely with OSHA to discover if any violations of safety standards led to or caused the injury, whether the agency does their own investigation or not. Kreindler attorneys routinely consult OSHA experts in any workplace injury cases to uncover any safety infractions, like hazardous surroundings or equipment, as OSHA violations are often clear evidence of negligence.