Job site accidents affect all aspects of a workplace. Productivity often decreases; morale may suffer; and injuries can hinder employees from contributing their knowledge and expertise. While many accidents are preventable, other situations cannot be readily predicted and therefore difficult to prevent. The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) has workplace rules in place designed to minimize the incidence of workplace injuries and deaths. However, oftentimes the interpretation of regulations is challenged by both employers and employees. An occupational OSHA expert witness is consulted to provide guidance for parties involved.
While safety issues can be found in virtually any workplace environment, some issues garner more attention than others. Construction and manufacturing industries are universally recognized as having potential health and safety hazards present. Any use of chemicals also presents specific hazards, even in workplaces not normally considered physically dangerous. Since OSHA regulations first took effect, the entire concept of workplace safety has been altered as significant changes in policies and procedures became necessary to meet those requirements.
Litigation often results when workplace accidents cause serious injuries or deaths. Parties typically dispute safety issues, including the safety of equipment in use, the availability of proper training and exposure to hazardous materials. Employees may also seek damages when retaliation for filing a safety complaint with OSHA is alleged. In either case, an OSHA expert witness could be helpful in determining the validity of claims.
Although accident prevention safety measures have reduced injuries, situations continue to arise where OSHA regulations are cited when initiating a damage claim. Businesses are rapidly evolving as new tools, techniques,and regulations are put into use. When OSHA regulations were enacted, many workplace situations were not anticipated, making it difficult to apply those regulations to modern realities. OSHA expert switnesses work with litigants to assist in determining whichregulations actually apply to specific workplace settings.
Disputes involving safety hazards, routinely require the input of a highly qualified occupationals safety expert. ForensisGroup can offer a select group of experts with specific, unique qualifications to assist. Consider involving an OSHA expert witness as early as possible to ensure that all avenues are explored. Submit an expert request form today.