All workers have a right to a safe, hazard-free workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) is tasked with reducing workplace hazards and accidents in Georgia and throughout the United States. All employers operating across the nation are required to provide employees with a work environment free from foreseeable health and safety hazards. If they fail to do so, they face penalties and fines.
In a recent OSHA press release, a Georgia textile and plastic recycler was cited by the agency for five repeated, three serious, and one other-than-serious safety and health violations. After receiving a complaint from a worker, the agency began their inspection in April of this year. Complaints are one method that a worker can use to notify OSHA that they need to inspect a workplace. If an employee believes their employer is not abiding by OSHA standards, they can contact OSHA. A signed complaint by a worker is most likely to result in an inspection.