Given our warm climate here in Southern California, landscaping companies are never without tree lines to trim, yards to mow or flower beds to weed. As such, it's extremely important for them to implement the necessary measures to help protect their employees from serious work injuries, as doing so will ensure that their operations run smoothly and efficiently.
Employers must always be diligent when it comes to employee safety. This means making certain that the necessary policies/procedures are in place, conducting regular inspections and providing the necessary safety equipment. Any failure to take these steps can have severe and lasting consequences, including fines, increased workers' compensation insurance premiums and possibly an employee serious and willful misconduct lawsuit.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has issued regulations mandating certain safety practices for many types of businesses, including asbestos removal companies. Accordingly, injured employees may not only file a workers' compensation claim for any asbestos-related injuries, but also file a lawsuit alleging serious and willful misconduct if the business violated these strict OSHA regulations.