The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created as the result of a 1970 legislative act. The so-called OSH Act compels employers to provide safe work environments for employees. Philadelphia County employers who ignore these rules may be subject to fines for workplace safety violations.
As a worker who goes into confined spaces, it's important that you take care of yourself and make sure the area is safe enough for you to enter. You don't want to find that there is no exit if your main exit closes or is impassable, and you don't want to be trapped because the passage suddenly shifts oddly or gets too small.
Sometimes it seems as if almost every company in almost every industry has to be constantly policed if they are to treat their employees lawfully, particularly when it comes to safety. If it does, it could be because we work with injured people a lot, so we don't get to see all the good companies who are doing their best.
You should never have to put yourself at risk for illness or injury just to keep a job. That principle certainly applies to occupational hearing loss, which continues to be one of the most widespread workplace safety concerns nationwide, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Luckily, it is possible to obtain workers' compensation benefits if your job causes you to lose at least 10 percent of your hearing.