The federal government shutdown of October 2013 is over. Federal employees are back to work. However, that does not mean that future federal government shutdowns won't happen. Instead, it means that we need to be prepared for what federal government shutdowns mean. One of the ways that we can prepare for a future shutdown is to understand what happened at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during the last shutdown.
What Happened to OSHA During the Last Shutdown
It is important for construction workers to be aware that during the October 2013 shutdown:
- Many OSHA construction safety inspections were suspended. More than 90% of inspectors were furloughed and only two inspectors remained at work at each of the agency's 92 field offices.
- Reports of construction accident fatalities, serious hospitalizations and imminent dangers were still accepted by the agency.
- Employers still had a responsibility to abide by safety laws and regulations.
Additionally, state and local agencies were open for business and many New York construction workers remained on the job.
Call a New York Construction Accident Lawyer Whenever You Are Injured
New York construction workers who were injured before, during, or after the government shutdown have the same rights to a possible legal recovery. If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one in such an accident, then we encourage you to contact an experienced New York construction attorney today at 800-632-9329 to learn more about protecting your rights and possible recovery. We also invite you to read a FREE copy of our informational brochure, "Hurt in a Construction Accident? You're Not Alone."