In 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act requiring employers to keep the workplace free from known hazards that could lead to serious injuries or death. The agency born out of the law, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, devised rules and regulations that provide minimum standards for employers that are designed to meet that goal. Even so, that does not mean that every employer across the country, including some here in Arizona, will follow those rules and regulations, which could leave workers vulnerable to an industrial accident.
For example, a man working at a grain handling facility stepped into a steel grain bin and into an open auger well. His left leg was torn off in the incident. An OSHA representative from the area where the accident occurred said that the man never should have suffered such a life-altering injury. The woman goes on to say that following OSHA's guidelines and regulations could have prevented the harm done to this man.