Workers’ Compensation & OSHA Investigations
Workers’ Compensation Attorney Assisting clients in Portland, Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties
By law, Oregon employers are required to report certain work-related accidents and injuries to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When they fail to do so, or when employer’s violate other OSHA safety regulations, the organization may conduct an investigation.
If you believe your work-related injuries resulted from your employer’s failure to follow OSHA regulations, contact the Lake Oswego workers’ compensation lawyer at The Law Offices of Scott M. Supperstein, P.C. for a free consultation. Attorney Scott Supperstein is well-versed in all aspects of Oregon workers’ compensation laws; he can help you understand your legal rights and work to recover the just benefits you are owed.
OSHA Regulations for Employers in Oregon
OSHA regulations mandate that employers maintain reasonably safe workplaces for their employees. By law, employers in Oregon must adhere to a number of OSHA regulations. These regulations vary depending on the type of work a business conducts, as well as the industry it is in, the number of employees, and other factors.
One regulation mandates that employers must report certain on-the-job injuries to OSHA. These injuries include:
- Loss of one or both eyes
- Avulsions that includes loss of bone and/or cartilage
- Injuries resulting in in-patient hospitalization
- Catastrophes, in which two or more employees die or three or more employees are admitted for in-patient hospitalization
Employers have 24 hours to report all the above injuries, except catastrophes and fatalities, for which they have 8 hours. Note that reporting an injury, illness, or condition to OSHA does not automatically assign fault to the employer.
OSHA Investigations into Work-Related Catastrophes & Fatalities
In many instances, when a work-related catastrophe or fatality occurs, OSHA will conduct an investigation. The purpose of these investigations is to examine how the incidents occurred, causal factors involved in the incidents, and whether or not an employer violated OSHA regulations and, if so, if this led to or played a role in the accident.
For surviving family members and loved ones of fatal on-the-job accidents, these reports can be used in efforts to recover death benefits. For more information, contact The Law Offices of Scott M. Supperstein, P.C. and speak to our experienced Lake Oswego workers’ compensation attorney. We serve clients throughout the Greater Portland Area, providing compassionate legal counsel and dedicated representation throughout every stage of the process.
Contact the firm at (503) 386-9841 today.