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OSHA Launches Photography Contest to Increase Awareness of Work Accidents in Georgia and Elsewhere

On Behalf of | May 25, 2011 | Firm News, Georgia Job Safety, Georgia Work Accidents |

A new contest, put on by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, aims to raise awareness of workplace safety. The contest, Picture It!, will be searching for the photograph with the most effective use of imagery to display the views of OSHA. This contest kicks off the nationwide efforts to decrease the number of work accidents in Georgia and elsewhere.Our Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys would like to invite all residents to participate in the year-long celebration to recognize the Administrations 40th year anniversary. Residents 18-years-old and older and able to submit their photos to OSHA through August 12th. Visit the OSHA website for contest rules and regulations.

Submissions are to interpret workplace safety and health in any way the photographer deems necessary and efficient. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to the winners. Winning entries will be displayed on the OSHA photo contest website. First place will also receive a personal letter of congratulations from Secretary Solis. Lastly, the three winning photos will also be hung in Washington at the OSHA national office. These photos are to serve as a reminder of the real-life impact of OSHA’s mission.

Judging the photos will be a number of accomplished photography professionals and public affairs members.

Employers are responsible for providing safe workplaces for their employees under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. OSHA’s aims to ensure that all of these conditions are met for America’s workers as they continue to set and enforce safety standards by providing training, education and assistance.

According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 5,500 workplace fatalities in the United States in 2009.

The Bureau also reports that roughly 90 percent of all fatal work injuries happen to workers in private industry. Service-providing industries in the private sector recorded nearly 50 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2009, while more than 40 percent were in goods-producing industries. Roughly10 percent of the fatal work injury cases in 2009 involved government workers.

Workplace accident litigation is complicated. For this reason, an injured worker needs to seek the help of an experienced workplace injury lawyer to help fight for their rights following a work accident.

If you have experienced a serious injury at work in the Atlanta area and want to discuss your rights, contact the experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys at J. Franklin Burns. Call 404-920-4708 to make a free appointment to discuss your claim.