At White & Stradley, PLLC, we have decades of experience with North Carolina's workers' compensation claim system. This experience means we are intimately familiar with the requirements of both state and federal law.
Understanding employer responsibility under these laws is crucial to pursuing every bit of the compensation you deserve. One of the laws governing worker injuries and employer responsibility is the 1970 Occupational Health and Safety Act.
OSHA is a crucial component of the country's regulatory system. White & Stradley, PLLC's workers' compensation attorneys understand the intricacies of the law and how it will apply to your claim.
If you're a North Carolina resident considering workers' compensation, please call White & Stradley, PLLC today at 1-800-471-3209 for a free consultation.
What is OSHA?
Most people are aware of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, which regulates and oversees the safety of private workplaces. However, the 1970 act establishing this agency deserves further discussion in the context of a workers' compensation claim.
There are two sections of the act that are deeply relevant to the practice of workers' compensation law: section eight and section 11.
Section eight governs the reporting and recording of workplace accidents. Under section eight of the act, employers must:
- Report any workplace deaths to OSHA within eight hours
- Report any workplace accident resulting in injuries to three or more employees to OSHA within eight hours
- Report every single workplace injury on OSHA Form 300
- Post an annual record of injuries for at least three months
- Provide employees with a detailed breakdown of any non-consumer chemicals on the premises
This record-keeping is vital for the operation of a fair, just and equitable workers' compensation system. The law depends on access to accurate records of injuries.
Section 11 of the act establishing OSHA is important because it prevents employers from firing employees for exercising their rights under the Act. This means that your company cannot fire you because you complained to OSHA about unsafe conditions or requested an OSHA inspection.
This is similar to the provisions of North Carolina's workers' compensation law, which protects you from a termination issued in retaliation for filing a workers' comp claim. If you have been fired for such a reason, White & Stradley, PLLC can help.
Our lawyers understand all relevant provisions of OSHA and other important worker protection laws. We can fight for your rights under the law.
If you're a North Carolina resident and you want to learn more about how we can help you with a workers' compensation claim, please contact White & Stradley, PLLC today for a free consultation.