If you have been involved in an accident at work, you may have been seriously affected as a result. In addition, you may now have a reason to believe that your workplace is unsafe because of the accident that took place. If you are reluctant to return to work because of the scary incident, it is important to know how workplace accidents are investigated and the rights that you have as an injured worker.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government department that investigates workplace safety after an incident has taken place. Their goal is to prevent future injuries and illnesses, as well as help workers to have confidence in the safety of their workplace.
What happens during an OSHA investigation?
During an OSHA investigation, the root cause of the incident will be attempted to be found. For example, an accident may have occurred because a worker was not taking enough care. But OSHA will look deeper into this, and ask why the worker was not taking enough care. Perhaps the production pressures were too high and the worker as a result was overworked, fatigued and under a great deal of stress. OSHA will then put action points into place so that a workplace can address the processes that contributed to the incident.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident in the state of South Carolina, it is important to be aware of your rights to workers' compensation, no matter whose fault the workplace accident was determined to be. Make sure that you understand your rights and stand up for them when necessary.