Workplaces across the state of Pennsylvania rely on motor vehicles in order to do their jobs. Many people either operate motor vehicles or work around them in the workplace. In these situations, people may not realize the danger that they are in. However, motor vehicles can cause serious damage to the people working near them if an accident occurs. Therefore, precautions must be taken in order to ensure that motor vehicles are safe for workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has passed regulations that apply to motor vehicles. These regulations apply to cars and trucks used on jobsites away from highways that are not open to public traffic. In these situations, when a motor vehicle is used, it must follow OSHA regulations.
In particular, the motor vehicle must have certain safety equipment installed. The vehicle must have a proper working brake system. This includes an emergency brake, a service brake and a parking brake. The vehicle must also have an audible warning device near the operator station that is in good working condition. The vehicle must also have working brake lights no matter the light conditions.
Vehicles must also have an unobstructed view behind them under these regulations. However, an obstructed view is allowed if the vehicle is only to be driven in reverse with an outside observer present, or if the vehicle has a reverse signal alarm that can be heard above any surrounding noise.
Businesses in Pennsylvania are subject to many employment safety regulations. These regulations are meant to help keep workers safe and avoid workplace accidents. Despite these regulations, many Pennsylvania workers are still injured on the job. When this happens, these workers may be entitled to workers’ compensation. By speaking with an attorney, people may be able to get a better idea about whether not they are entitled to compensation.