Many of OSHA’s “Model Workplaces” Have Fatal Accident Histories

If you work at a “model workplace” as designated by the federal government, you can assume that your employer has a stellar history of following safety regulations and an impressive workplace fatality record, right? Wrong. According to The Center for Public Integrity, a number of so-called “model workplaces” have recently recorded fatal accidents.

An Incomplete OSHA Database
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a federal agency which is responsible for monitoring the safety of workplaces throughout the country. Yet a recent investigation found that OSHA’s database was not complete and did not offer an accurate look at workplace fatalities in the United States.

Specifically, 15 different fatal workplace accidents that took place in the last decade were missing from the database. All of the deaths occurred at a business called a “model workplace” by OSHA. OSHA admits that the database isn’t perfect and states that it is working to improve its system of recording such accidents.

A Flawed List of Model Workplaces
Altogether, at least 80 workers have been killed in workplace accidents over the past eleven years. However, being on the list of “model workplaces” means that they are exempt from a number of important safety inspections that could prevent future accidents and deaths.

In general, the inconsistencies found in OSHA mean that some branches of the federal agency disagree on whether certain workplaces need more attention than others, as well as whether certain workplaces have dangerous practices.

What Do You Know About Your Texas Workplace Accident?
If you have been injured in a Texas workplace accident, or if your loved one has been killed in a Texas on-the-job accident, it is vital that you understand how the accident took place and who was responsible for what happened. Contact a Houston worker injury attorney today to learn about your rights and your legal options.
Vuk Stevan Vujasinovic
Experienced Injury Lawyer. First Generation American. Life-Long Texan. Husband. Father.