For much of history of the United States, employees and workers have been vulnerable to injuries and illnesses while at work. During the industrial era, equipment and supplies became larger, heavier and stronger, leading construction workers into even more dire situations. Even into the 1900s American workers were still left largely unprotected against many of the hazards in the workplace.

It was not until just a few decades ago, when the United States government passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, also known as the OSH Act, did Americans finally get to see some legal protections put in place to encourage and ensure workplace safety. The OSH act also led to the creation of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA.

The purpose of OSHA is to create a set of standards and guidelines that employers must following in order to protect their employees against hazards in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also in charge of seeing that these guidelines are met and to address concerns from employees who feel that their protections are not being properly met.

There are countless ways that workers in the United States, including workers from the San Jose, California area, could be injured at work. It is important for all workers to understand the safety measures that should be in place to protect them from such hazards and to know what to do if they believe their workplace environment is dangerous. This could protect them and fellow employees from serious injuries or even death. In addition, if a worker is injured, they should immediately try to determine whether they are entitled to workers’ compensation from their injury to help provide financial relief and to cover medical expenses and rehabilitation costs.

Source: Findlaw.com, “Workplace Safety: OSHA and OSH Act Overview,” Accessed June 26, 2017