The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) is the nation's watchdog safety agency overseeing businesses and industries across the country. Charged by a congressional mandate to promote workers' safety in Ohio and every other state through safety inspections, guidance to employers, safety rules and regulations, and punitive enforcement when necessary, OSHA has both fans and harsh critics.
Federal safety regulators from OSHA have a special term for companies they deem particularly problematic when it comes to safety issues. They are termed "severe violators," and the agency mandates especially close scrutiny and follow-up remedial actions on them pursuant to its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
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A spokesperson for an environmental advocacy organization recently voiced his view that the results of an OSHA inspection into an oil refinery explosion last August would be "revelatory" and expose Chevron's safety culture as nothing more than "running the refinery to the point of failure."
Manufacturing and industrial worksites can be flatly dangerous places in which to work, as evidenced by safety-related numbers and statistics issuing from diverse federal and state organizations tasked with oversight of worker safety.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has long required that employers of workers who have sustained on-the-job injuries satisfy safety training requirements by having a company representative attend a two-hour training session. The goal is to underscore the importance of employees' safety in the workplace, review accident causes and company policies and improve workplace injury outcomes in the future.
Workplace accidents and injuries are simply a fact of life on construction sites, in factories, on roadwork crews and in a number of work environments. Some companies simply have demonstrated safety records that underscore a lack of focus on or even due care concerning dangerous conditions or safety violations. Others admittedly do work very hard to increase workplace safety, but, notwithstanding their efforts, no work environment can ever be made totally free of risk and injury.
Ohio workers who suffer on-the-job injuries are entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits pursuant to a system in which state employers pay compensation premiums to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC).
Employees' down time for on-the-job injuries, issues concerning workers' compensation claims and benefits and a number of related matters regarding workplace injuries are closely affected by what many safety experts say is extreme tardiness by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in enacting new safety regulations.