The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently cited Texas company, Subfloor Systems, for workplace safety violations. The inspection of the job site and the resulting citations were prompted by a serious workplace accident that occurred last July. A Subfloor Systems employee needed to be hospitalized after falling off of a balcony on a commercial construction site. Far too many Texas employers still fail to take proper safety precautions on job sites. This trend must be reversed and state employers need to commit to protecting worker safety. If you have been injured on the job, please contact a lawyer as soon as possible. You deserve to recover full and fair benefits after an on the job injury.
OSHA cited Subfloor Systems with a willful violation, which subjects the company to the maximum level of punishment under OSHA rules. Willful violations include:
- Intentionally putting workers in unlawfully dangerous situations;
- or, displaying gross indifference to worker safety.
OSHA regulations require that a company has fall protection on a job site. When an employee is working on a platform of significant height, the law requires that either a guardrail, safety net or a personal fall arrest system is installed. Subfloor systems failed to provide workers with this type of safety protection. That is a direct violation of OSHA’s construction safety rules. Your employer has a legal responsibility to provide you with adequate safety protection. If you have been injured on the job, or believe you are at unreasonable risk, please contact an experienced Texas work injury attorney.
The Three Most Important Steps to take After a Work Injury
- Seek professional medical assistance: First and foremost, you need to see a medical professional for your health and your recovery. Sometimes the full extent of the injury will not be immediately apparent. A comprehensive medical exam is strongly advised. Beyond that important point, a medical professional will document your injuries. These medical documents can be helpful in the future when it comes to recovering fair benefits.
- Report the injury: You need to report the injury to your supervisor immediately. First, you have the right to tell your employer about your injury, and your employer has a legal obligation to accept and record that information. There are strict requirements to report your injury to your employer within 30 days. The failure to do so can put your legal rights at risk. Do not be intimidated into not reporting your injury. If you are concerned about how your supervisor is going to react, call an attorney today.
- Hire an attorney: Texas work injury claims can become complicated. You do not want to miss any deadlines or miss out on the work injury benefits which you rightfully deserve. Whether you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance or you are working for a non-subscribing employer, the services of a qualified attorney will be helpful.
Contact An Experienced San Antonio Work Injury Lawyer
OSHA plays a vital role in protecting worker safety. Companies that willfully or carelessly violate workplace safety regulations should be fined and punished. But, if you have been hurt on the job, OSHA will not be able to help you recover full and fair benefits. You need the professional services of an experienced work injury lawyer. At the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos, our legal team has decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured Texas workers. We will help you. Contact our office today to schedule a free legal consultation.