${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}
Phone 732-504-3841 Toll Free 877-251-5491

DOL stepping up enforcement action in 2017

Workplace accidents claimed the lives of 4,836 workers in New Jersey and other U.S. states in 2015, and on-the-job accidents or toxic working conditions left a further 3 million American workers either sick or injured according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workplace safety in the United States is largely the purview of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor is also heavily involved.

The solicitor's office helps to develop new regulations, encourages alternative approaches to dispute resolution and enforces federal laws like the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the deputy solicitor of labor recently said that enforcement efforts would be stepped up as 2017 unfolds. She was speaking before attorneys at a meeting of the American Bar Association on March 8, and she said that her office would be paying particular attention to persistent violators. In recent years, companies with poor safety records have been ordered to pay as much as $500,000 for a single offense.

The deputy solicitor of labor also encouraged employers to participate in voluntary workplace safety and training workshops offered by OSHA. The agency enforces 21 whistleblower laws and receives about 3,000 complaints from whistleblowers each year, and investigations into a single violation can broaden in scope when inspectors believe that a companywide problem may exist.

In addition to possible prosecution under federal laws like the OSH Act, employers may sometimes face personal injury lawsuits when workers are injured due to flagrant violations of workplace safety regulations. Injured workers generally file workers' compensation claims after suffering an on-the-job injury, but attorneys with experience in this area could suggest a personal injury lawsuit in situations involving negligence so severe that it could be seen as a willful intent to cause harm.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Have A Legal Question?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Our Office Locations

Toms River Office
189 Route 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755

Toll Free: 877-251-5491
Phone: 732-504-3841
Fax: 732-505-6511
Fax: 732-349-8850
Toms River Law Office Map

Forked River Office
623 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731

Toll Free: 877-251-5491
Phone: 732-504-3841
Map & Directions

Bricktown Office
74 Brick Boulevard
Building 2, Suite 112
Bricktown, NJ 08723

Map & Directions