Suspect a Violation Caused a Workplace Injury? Consider Contacting Cal/OSHABy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on February 20, 2013 | In Workplace Injury
The state of California works with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure that workplaces follow health and safety regulations intended to protect workers. If you believe your workplace is violating these regulations, you can contact Cal/OSHA to alert them about the conditions.
You do not have to wait until someone suffers an injury or an illness in order to contact Cal/OSHA, and you do not have to contact the organization in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits if you are injured on the job. However, if a workplace accident does take place, the agency is more likely to conduct an inspection, particularly if the accident occurred in an industrial setting.
Workers may contact Cal/OSHA by submitting a Notice of Alleged Safety or Health Hazards, which can be downloaded online at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/webcomplaintform.pdf. The form asks for contact information for the workplace and a detailed description of the conditions or hazards that the person submitting the form believes are a violation of OSHA safety regulations. The person submitting the form may choose to remain anonymous.
Cal/OSHA will review the form and investigate within three days for a “serious” violation, and within 14 days for a “nonserious” violation, depending on what hazards are described in the form. The definitions of “serious” and “nonserious” violations are set by law.
Whether you’ve just filed for workers’ compensation benefits or are struggling to get the care and compensation you deserve, an experienced Ventura County workers’ compensation lawyer at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help. For a free and confidential case evaluation, contact our office today at (888) 438-7734.