Osha Paper

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The year is 1970, and you work in a Steel Mill. There is not a formal safety standard plan that has been set for your industry or company, but you do the best you can to stay safe in this environment. You count on other people much more than you would like. Since there are no safety standards, the machines that you use have no safe guards, so you cannot wear loose clothing. One day you are at work walking the floor; you trip and fall on a crate that should not have been there. Your hand gets caught in a machine, and the accident causes you to lose your hand. Subsequently, you get fired because you are unable to perform your job. Until 1971 these scenarios were common in the factories around the USA. In 1970, the OSH act was signed…show more content…
In the year 2010 there were 4,547 fatalities while on the job, this comes out to be around 87 deaths a week or 12 deaths a day. This is a decline from 4,551 fatalities in 2009 (Department of Labor). Hilda Solis the Secretary of Labor puts these statistics into a clearer focus “Every day in America, 12 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, 3.3 million people suffer a workplace injury from which they may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families, and damage our economy.” (Solis) Out of 4,070 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2010, one-fifth (751 or 18.5%) were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were: falls, electrocution, struck by object, and caught–in/between. These "Fatal Four" were responsible for nearly three out of five (57%) construction worker deaths in 2010. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 431 workers' lives in America every year.  Falls – 260 out of 751 total deaths in construction in CY 2010 (35%)  Electrocutions – 76 (10%)  Struck by Object – 63 (8%)  Caught-in/between – 32 (4%) (Department of Labor) Employees can also file complaints with OSHA, and are protected according to OSHA. The Whistleblower statute under the OSH Act prohibits any person from discharging or in any manner retaliating against any employee because the employee has exercised rights under the OSH ACT (OSH
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