The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, practices strict safety and health standards that employers should follow. Not only do these standards help protect employees from sustaining deadly injuries or fatalities, but these standards will keep a business safe for the long run and help prevent future injury lawsuits. OSHA also enforces specific health standards to help protect employees from dangerous defective workplace equipment.
What Are These Safety and Health Standards for Workplace Equipment?
OSHA requires the application of protective equipment in necessary workplace environments. This personal protective equipment for eyes, head, face and any other extremities can be any form of protective clothing, respiratory device, barrier or other form of gear. This equipment should also be maintained and provided in a sanitary and reliable space that is far from any chemicals or gases. Employer-owned equipment must be routinely maintained, cleaned, and checked for quality in order to decrease the chance of defects in the future.
What Are an Employer’s Responsibilities for Protecting Against Defective Equipment?
An employer is required to assess his or her workplace to determine If there are any hazards present or likely to be present. If there are hazards, an employer should:
- Ensure that all employees near the hazardous space or defective equipment are wearing the proper safety gear to decrease the chance of injuries
- Communicate which hazards are present to every employee
- Report the hazard to the appropriate maintenance company and/or repairmen
- Post appropriate signage to indicate that a hazard is present before the problem is fixed
Despite carefully following OSHA guidelines for protecting against defective equipment-related injuries, these injuries still occur. Our Louisiana oil rig injury attorneys will protect you if you have been a victim of a defective equipment injury. Contact Galloway Jefcoat LLP today.