Two US Air Force pilots, Maj. Jeremy Gordon and Capt. Josh Wilson, are currently seeking protection under the federal whistleblower law. They revealed safety problems on the F-22 Raptor and refused to fly until those issues were resolved. It was determined that a faulty oxygen system is suffocating the pilots and causing blackouts making pilots fear for their lives. Despite these known safety issues, F-22 pilots have been ordered to continue flying. The Air Force has also threatened pilots with disciplinary action if they refuse to fly for safety reasons. See:
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) has two regulatory functions: setting standards and conducting inspections to ensure that employers are providing safe and healthful workplaces. OSHA standards may require that employers adopt certain practices, means, methods, or processes reasonably necessary and appropriate to protect workers on the job. Employers must become familiar with the standards applicable to their establishments and eliminate hazards. The Act encourages states to develop and operate their own job safety and health programs. OSHA approves and monitors these “state plans,” which operate under the authority of state law. There are currently 27 OSHA State Plan States, of which 22 states and jurisdictions operate complete state plans (covering both the private sector and state and local government employees) and four (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and the Virgin Islands) that cover state and local government employees only. See:
The attorneys at Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC, are devoted to helping clients who have been injured by untrained employees or injured by the failure of employers to put strict safety standards in place for their employees to follow. If you or someone you know has been faced with such an issue, please contact Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC at 1-888-585-4658.