GREENVILLE, South Carolina. Under an Obama-era worker’s safety law, employers were required to track workplace illnesses, injuries, and deaths that date back five years. However, Mr. Trump has signed orders and bills aimed to kill these workplace safety reporting requirements. For instance, according to the Washington Post, Trump signed a bill that would no longer require companies vying for government contracts to disclose and correct serious labor law and workplace violations. According to the Huffington Post, Trump and Republicans have effectively shortened the time workers have to report workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths to six months, rather than the five year period required under Obama-era law.
Critics of the changes to the law claim that this will significantly limit the OHSA’s ability to cite workplaces that pose a hazard to their workers. Employers may also more easily be able to hide hazards from OHSA regulators. Employers may also be able to more easily hide or alter their records to give them the appearance of being safer than they are.
Workplace injury is serious and affects many Americans each year. These injuries are not just limited to accidents that take place on the job. Workers are injured in truck accidents when they are transporting materials. Workers may be injured while moving between construction sites or while driving company vehicles.
According to Business Insurance, these changes to the law could impact the number of personal injury lawsuits that are raised by employees. In fact, according to Business Insurance, personal injury lawyers don’t necessarily have to wait for the OHSA to issue a violation against an employer to pursue a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a person who has been hurt. Employers may also decrease their levels of compliance as a result of the decreased enforcement. But according to some experts, this is a mistake. Employers could still face consequences as a result of workers’ injuries on the job.
Because we are entering an era of lower enforcement, it may be up to workers and their families to hold employers accountable when they violate safety standards or break the law. The Churdar Law Firm are personal injury lawyers in Greenville, South Carolina who defend the rights of the injured and who fight to help victims seek the maximum recovery permitted under the law.
If you’ve been injured on the job, injured while driving a truck, or injured in a car accident on company time, you may have m
any questions. You may also have important legal protections under the law. The Churdar Law Firm are personal injury lawyers in Greenville, South Carolina who work hard to identify all negligent stakeholders and to help victims and their families seek the recovery they may deserve. Employers may sometimes fail to report accidents. They may claim that a worker is not entitled to receive worker’s compensation. If you are having difficulty getting covered for your medical expenses, lost wages, or other damages after a workplace injury, contact the Churdar Law Firm today at www.churdarlaw.com.