Many factories and plants in New York use toxic substances for manufacturing, cleaning, or development purposes. While most chemicals are used safely, sometimes, a chemical or toxic spill can lead to major environmental problems, including severe sickness or even death for those in the surrounding area.
If you think you’ve been exposed to a toxic substance because of a nearby factory or plant, or you believe that environmental damage is occurring, check industrial safety inspections records for potential liability. Call an attorney to discuss filing an environmental injury claim.
OSHA Requirements and Factories
The first thing that’s important to note is that OSHA – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – has many safety requirements and regulations that factories and plants must meet. These regulations range from ensuring all workers undergo safety training to specific practices regarding hazardous chemicals. And OSHA performs inspections of industries to make sure that they are operating within the required guidelines.
Learn About an OSHA Inspection of a Factory or Plant Near You
If you think that a factory is in violation of safety regulations, call the factory and request a record of their industrial safety inspections records. If they do not comply, then you can visit www.OSHA.gov and click, “Find out if OSHA has inspected a workplace,” located on the right-hand side of the page. Then you can search for the factory or plant in question, and view any violations recorded, as well as the inspection date.
Pay Attention to Industry Hazard Alerts
In addition to conducting a search of a factory or plant near you, you can also check out OSHA’s website on industry hazards and alerts. The page provides information regarding any hazard or alert letters sent to employers regarding specific industry hazards. If you are aware of a factory or industry in your area that uses of any of the hazardous materials named on the hazard alerts page, obtaining safety records can be even more important.
Contact an Environmental Claims Attorney
If you believe that a factory or plant in New York is in violation of safety standards, and that the violation is leading to environmental harm and injuries, contact an attorney. At Gacovino, Lake & Associates, our environmental claims attorneys can conduct the research required to build a case so you can recover compensation for your damages. To learn more about the legal options that may be available to you and to get started, contact us now at 800-550-0000.