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OSHA Celebrates 40 Years of Workplace Safety

It was forty years ago that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was founded on April 28, 1971. The Occupational Safety and Health Act was signed by President Nixon in December of the previous year, marking a starting point for healthier workplaces and a decrease in workplace deaths and injuries in the United States. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires that employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy environment for their workers. OSHA’s task is to establish these standards of workplace safety, enforce them, and provide the training and education needed for a safe workplace.

In honor of OSHA’s anniversary and as a commemoration of their progress over the past forty years, the public is invited to visit an online timeline of the organization’s history. Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, said “We hope you will join us in this anniversary year as we recognize OSHA’s accomplishments and reaffirm our dedication to the agency’s mission,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Help us celebrate four decades of healthier workers, safer workplaces, and a stronger America.”

Here in Massachusetts, workers’ compensation acts and workplace safety standards were established as early 1911. Massachusetts has helped to pave the way for other states to adopt worker compensation laws and safer workplaces.

Throughout the Boston area and greater Massachusetts, our experienced Boston lawyers have represented workers’ compensation clients who have suffered injuries due to workplace hazards. If you have a question in regards to a workers’ compensation case and would like a free consultation, please feel free to contact us.

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OSHA timeline highlights 40 years of healthier workers, safer workplaces and a stronger America, OSHA Trade News Release, February 24, 2011
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