Millions of workers’ lives expected to be saved by new OSHA rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expecting to save 2.3 million workers in various industries from inhaling hazardous silica dust in their work environment, reported on April 18.

Beginning June 23, employers will either require their workers to use respirators or prevent silica dust from becoming airborne by using water and vacuum. OSHA on March 24 unveiled the “silica standard” to give workers the right to protect themselves from breathing airborne glass particles that can cause serious or fatal respiratory illnesses like lung cancer, and obstructive pulmonary disease. Unlike other dust particles, silica dust is too small for the human body to filter. People who work in environments where sawing, blasting, drilling, cementing or crushing are frequent activities are expected to benefit from the new rule.

Sadly, there are many hazards in the workplace that are not prevented by the law. The Minnesota lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates understand many workers have to deal with financial loss due to illness acquired from the workplace and believe these individuals deserve worker’s compensation benefits for fast recovery. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (612) 334-3444.