What to Expect When You File a Virginia Beach OSHA Complaint
Virginia OSHA, or VOSH, is the government division in charge of overseeing workplace safety. OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Virginia Beach OSHA division fields complaints from workers who believe there are unsafe or hazardous conditions at their workplaces.
If you believe your workplace is unsafe and poses injury to you or others, you should report it to Virginia Beach OSHA. This article will explain what to expect when you file your complaint.
How to File a Virginia Beach OSHA Complaint
All employees have the right to file a Virginia Beach OSHA complaint against their employers if they believe their workplace is unsafe. When you file a complaint, you may request to do so anonymously, so your name will not be revealed to your employer.
To file a complaint, download the VOSH complaint form. You will need to include the following information on the form:
- The business' name
- The business' physical address
- The business' mailing address, phone number and fax number
- The name of a management official
- The type of business
- A brief description of the hazard
- An approximation of the number of employees exposed to or threatened by the hazard
- The specific location of the hazard
- Whether the hazard has been brought to the attention of the employer or a government agency
You can then mail or fax the complaint form to the closest VOSH regional or field office near your workplace.
You can also call the closest regional or field VOSH office to file a complaint as well.
How Virginia Beach OSHA Responds to Complaints
Each complaint filed with Virginia Beach OSHA is reviewed to determine how best to handle it, whether it is an offsite investigation or an onsite investigation.
For the agency to conduct an onsite investigation, one of the following eight criteria must be true:
- An employee or employee representative submitted a written complaint, and there are reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of safety or health has occurred
- Imminent danger hazard
- Serious hazard
- An employee suffered a permanently disabling injury or illness related to a hazard still in existence
- The business has a history of not complying with VOSH standards
- The complaint specifies a business or a hazard covered by a local or national emphasis inspection program
- A request from a VOSH/OSHA discrimination investigator
- The employer fails to provide an adequate response to a VOSH investigation contact, or the complainant provides evidence that the employer's response is false or incomplete
Once on site, the investigator will examine the specified hazardous area and determine if there is a violation. If there is, the employer will be cited, potentially fined and required to correct the violation within a certain timeframe.
How to Get Compensation for a Workplace Injury
If a workplace hazard causes you injury, you may be entitled to certain benefits. In Virginia Beach, most employers must have workers' compensation insurance. This is a type of coverage that protects the employer from liability in the event of an accident and provides the injured employee with benefits.
Benefits available to injured workers include:
- Medical care
- Temporary disability benefits
- Permanent disability benefits
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Death benefits
If injured due to a workplace hazard, you should inform your employer immediately. This will initiate the workers' comp process.
If your employer or its insurance provider denies your claim, you will want to hire a Virginia Beach workers' compensation lawyer to help dispute their assessment of your claim. Whether you suffered injury in Kempsville, Church Point, Bayside or another part of the city, Attorneys.com can help connect you to a Virginia Beach workers' comp attorney.
Just call 1-877-913-7222, or fill out the form on this site. After answering a few questions, Attorneys.com will provide you with the contact information of at least one Virginia Beach workers' compensation attorney in your area. The lawyer will contact you within two business days, or you can reach out to him at your own convenience.