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Sectors with Limited OSHA Jurisdiction Have Higher Workplace Injury Rates

by P. Brian Berryman on 12/10/2012

Sectors like manufacturing and construction that have higher jurisdiction by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have much stronger decreases in workplace injuries and fatalities, compared to those sectors that do not have such high jurisdiction.

Those are the results of data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which found that industries that have stronger enforcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration do enjoy a safer work environment.  In these sectors and industries, there are lower numbers of injuries compared to sectors that do not see such heavy activity by the federal agency.

Examples of industries where the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has limited jurisdiction include small businesses and agriculture.  In addition, state as well as local governments are also less likely to face inspections and penalties imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

No San Antonio work injury lawyer would be surprised to find that in these sectors, the rate of workplace accident-related injuries is actually increasing.  Overall, the number of injuries in the American workplace has been on the decline, but in sectors with limited OSHA jurisdiction, those numbers are on the rise.

Even if you work in a small Texas business or in the agriculture sector, or in any of the areas where OSHA doesn't really make its presence felt, you still have protection under the law.  If you find yourself frequently exposed to the risk of injury, or notice coworkers are being exposed to these risks, then you can communicate   these safety concerns to your nearest Occupational Safety and Health Administration office.  The law protects you from retaliation and discrimination if you make a complaint.  As a worker, you also have the right to receive training about hazards related to your job.

Tags: Workplace Injury, OSHA

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