The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is staffed with many responsibilities, including tracking workplace injury, illness, and fatality statistics. This data goes a long way in helping companies prevent accidents, while allowing workers in each industry to understand the risk they are taking on.
Earlier this week, we discussed the steps to take if you are involved in a construction accident. While the construction industry is dangerous, there are many others, such as the medical field, that have a high rate of injury and illness as well.
In addition to tracking data, OSHA is responsible for implementing and enforcing regulations that are meant to improve workplace safety. These regulations will never be able to prevent every accident and illness, but they have been proven effective over the years.
A workplace injury or illness can lead to many challenges, both for the injured party as well as the employer. In some cases, the employee has no choice but to file a workers’ compensation claim. Furthermore, there are situations in which a separate lawsuit is filed in an attempt to collect additional compensation.
OSHA does an excellent job tracking workplace injury, illness, and fatality data, but nothing changes the fact that accidents can and will continue to happen.