How Are Georgia Industrial Accidents Investigated?

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Industrial accidents killed more than 4,000 Americans in 2011 and injured thousands more. To help ensure that all workers have a safe work environment, employers are required to follow Georgia law and federal regulations, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

When accidents occur, employers are also required to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. Common causes of industrial accidents include human error, unsafe working conditions and a combination of both.

Employers are required to keep records of all industrial accidents and notify the Occupational & Safety Health Administration (OSHA) after all fatalities and accidents involving the hospitalization of three or more employees. At that point, OSHA will launch its own investigation to determine the cause of these accidents and whether existing OSHA standards were violated. Recent OSHA investigations in Georgia involved a deadly trench collapse and a non-fatal fall at a construction site.

The investigation process generally involves identifying hazards, taking photos of the scene and interviewing employees. Some of the primary questions that must be addressed in any investigation include:

  • How, when and where did the industrial accident take place?
  • What procedures were being followed and why?
  • What potential hazards existed when the accident occurred?
  • What was the primary cause of the accident?
  • What should be done to prevent similar accidents?

In addition to the investigations conducted by your employer and the regulatory authorities, it is also advisable to retain an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your best interests. You may be entitled to compensation through workers compensation benefits or a personal injury lawsuit.

At Owens & Mulherin, we can retain our own experts to determine the cause of your injury, identify the responsible parties and investigate potential sources of compensation, such as insurance coverage. If you or someone you love has been the victim of an industrial accident in or around the Savannah area, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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Industrial accidents killed more than 4,000 Americans in 2011 and injured thousands more. To help ensure that all workers have a safe work environment, employers are required to follow Georgia law and federal regulations, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

When accidents occur, employers are also required to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. Common causes of industrial accidents include human error, unsafe working conditions and a combination of both.

Employers are required to keep records of all industrial accidents and notify the Occupational & Safety Health Administration (OSHA) after all fatalities and accidents involving the hospitalization of three or more employees. At that point, OSHA will launch its own investigation to determine the cause of these accidents and whether existing OSHA standards were violated. Recent OSHA investigations in Georgia involved a deadly trench collapse and a non-fatal fall at a construction site.

The investigation process generally involves identifying hazards, taking photos of the scene and interviewing employees. Some of the primary questions that must be addressed in any investigation include:

  • How, when and where did the industrial accident take place?
  • What procedures were being followed and why?
  • What potential hazards existed when the accident occurred?
  • What was the primary cause of the accident?
  • What should be done to prevent similar accidents?

In addition to the investigations conducted by your employer and the regulatory authorities, it is also advisable to retain an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your best interests. You may be entitled to compensation through workers compensation benefits or a personal injury lawsuit.

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