OSHA Reports After a Severe Construction Accident
Construction employers must notify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within eight hours of a fatal accident. They must contact OSHA within 24 hours of an incident that results in someone being hospitalized, suffering an amputation, or losing an eye.
This report should include basic information about what happened, such as the:
- Business name
- Name of the person(s) hurt
- Time, location, and a brief description of the incident
- Contact person’s name and telephone number
Reports are submitted online, by calling OSHA’s 24-hour hotline, or by visiting the closest OSHA office.
What Does OSHA Do Next?
Once a report of a fatality or serious injury is made, OSHA may:
- Require the employer to investigate what happened and propose corrective action to prevent future injuries. Follow-through on the corrective action could be verified by documentation or photos.
- Conduct its own investigation and issue a report. The report might include information about all serious violations found on the job site.
OSHA’s goal is to correct workplace hazards and prevent future injuries.
Our Goal Is to Protect Your Fair Recovery
You should be able to get a copy of the OSHA accident report online, or by requesting a copy directly from the agency. You might find the report’s content interesting, and it could contain basic information that’s relevant to your claim. However, the purpose of the report isn’t to support your workers’ compensation claim or third-party lawsuit.
Instead, you’ll need to take action to protect your legal rights after a construction accident. You may need to file a workers’ compensation claim or a lawsuit to recover to medical care expenses and lost income. This can be difficult to do alone, and a mistake could be costly.
Instead, choose to work with an experienced Houston area construction accident lawyer who will fight hard to protect your financial future. Please contact the law firm of Steven M. Lee, P.C., today for a free and confidential consultation.