Many Hispanics working physical labor jobs face dangerous work conditions. Unfortunately, Hispanics and many other workers sacrifice their safety in hopes of keeping their jobs for income. Attorney Jim Browne and his Legalmente Hablando Indy legal team work daily with injured workers. Often attorney Browne must request work accident reports from the Indian Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (IOSHA). These reports describe investigation results after work injuries occur. Of course, Legalmente Hablando Indy prefers nobody gets hurt and workers enjoy safe conditions. So here are a couple options Hispanic laborers can use to prevent accidents.
IOSHA offers workers a way to privately request help enforcing safety standards in the work place. https://www.in.gov/dol/iosha/iosha-home/ IOSHA’s inspection may result in warnings or fines. But it will certainly help identify hazards and develop safety plans to reduce the risk of worker injury.
IOSHA offers two ways to file safety complaints. First, you may file a formal complaint. A formal complaint is made by a current employee or their representative. Formal complaints are assigned to a Compliance Officer for inspection, and they must meet the following requirements:
- Asserts that an imminent danger, a violation of the IOSH Act or a violation of an IOSHA standard exposing employees to physical harm exists in the workplace;
- Is submitted in writing; and
- Is signed by at least one current employee or employee representative.
To make the report, you may use this form www.in.gov/dol/files/IOSHA_Complaint_Form.pdf or write a letter and send it to IOSHA.
Another reporting option includes a “non-formal complaint.” Using this reporting keeps your identity anonymous. Your employer and co-workers do not learn that you or your representative made a safety complaint. A non-formal complaint does cause IOSHA to investigate the workplace for hazards complained of in the report. You may use this link to find the report in Spanish: https://www.osha.gov/form/osha7/espanol
Slip and trip injuries are the most common problems in work sites. Many of our Legalmente Hablando Indy clients suffer broken ankles, wrists and twisted knees in these accidents. We also represent many clients who have suffered injuries after falling from heights, like roofs, ladders and scaffolds. Since so much velocity and force is involved with these accidents, our clients typically suffered serious closed head injuries, broken bones and tragically, even death.
The demolition industry exposes many of our clients to additional dangers. Typically, our demolition clients are injured when heavy objects, like walls, ceilings or pipes fall onto them. Or they are burned by electric wires and fall from scissor lifts.
Amputations are injuries attorney Browne also focuses on for Indiana Worker’s Compensation claims. The amputation injury involves a special set of regulations for determining benefits. Goodin Abernathy is experienced in fighting for our clients’ best medical and financial recoveries. Contact us for free in person, telephone or video consultations if you, a friend or loved one has suffered a work injury. Jim Browne and his team care about our Hispanic clients work to provide them the best legal service available in Indiana.