Some workplaces can be very dangerous and are especially dangerous for workers when all the potential hazards are not known. Workplace safety is crucial and employers should seek to train and equip employees in order to reduce the chances of workplace accidents. It is not only important that certain occupations follow state-specific and federal regulations, but it is also crucial that investigation and research takes place when health and safety issues occur and employees are at a higher risk of being injured while on the job.
An alliance was recently formed between OSHA and the Consulate General of the Dominican Republic. This alliance resulted after they sought to promote workplace safety and increase health standards for Dominican nationals that work in the state of Pennsylvania, as well as in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. The alliance will provide the necessary education, training and guidance to assist both workers and employers. The ultimate goal is to prevent workplace accidents such as falls, electrical shocks, chemical exposures and other hazards in the workplace.
Workers need to protect their health and well-being, and training and equipping employees with the necessary resources should reduce the chances of a workplace accident from occurring. When a workplace accident happens, the injured worker may be out of work for awhile. The benefits of workers' compensation would help the injured worker while he or she recovered. Common expenses covered by this benefit are medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering.
No matter the seriousness of the injury, any employee who is injured on the job should be treated and the employer should take some remedial steps. It is not only important to understand how the accident occurred, but also to discover ways to prevent it from happening again in the future.
Source: Occupational Health & Safety, "OSHA, Consulate Ally to Promote Safety for Dominican Nationals," May 16, 2013