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Keeping OSHA compliant to avoid workplace injuries

Small business owners in California know the added yet necessary costs of doing business in a way that remains compliant with government regulations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires workplaces to comply with a variety of safety and health-based standards.

Compliance not only protects employers from governmental consequences; these safety and health standards exist to protect workers employed in all branches of industry while on the job. Violations can cost in the thousands for employers but have human costs to those injured in the workplace.

Workers’ compensation claims can prove detrimental to a small business if an injured employee proves negligence on the part of their employer. For the sake of workers’ safety and protection of your business, prioritize OSHA compliance in your workspaces.

Common OSHA violations

OSHA most commonly issues violation citations for falls and falling object hazards. Failure to warn for and take precautions against these hazards commonly happens on construction worksites, some of the most dangerous workplaces overall.

Additional frequent violations include a failure to warn employees about hazardous materials and chemicals, improper use of scaffolding, a lack of respiratory protection and electrical systems violations. Consider how many workers perform these tasks in workplaces and on construction sites around Southern California every day. Business owners can take steps to prioritize worker safety on these jobs by taking the added precautions set forth by OSHA for particularly hazardous workplaces.

Assistance for small businesses

Compliance measures and workers’ compensation insurance don’t come cheaply for small business owners. The reality for many business owners is that these up-front costs may help you avoid expensive injury claims and litigation down the road in the case of a workers’ compensation case for an injury in your workplace.

In addition to seeking out an experience workers’ compensation defense attorney, small business owners should consider the OSHA resources for these types of businesses. Government regulations can bring burdensome expenses for small businesses, but OSHA provides resources to manage safety compliance in a way that won’t break your business’s budget.

Take advantage of the worker safety resources for your small business. Even with a focus on compliance and safety, injuries in the workplace do happen. Know that your business can survive a workers’ compensation claim with the assistance of a skilled legal team specializing in the success of small businesses.

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