As a worker, you put your health and safety on the line to produce work that is satisfactory and realizes a profit for your employer. This is something that you know you have to do within reason. That being said, it is not OK to work in an unsafe environment as decreed by OSHA.
OSHA is a federal organization which lays out rules and regulations regarding work and worker safety. They are responsible for ensuring that employers toe the line with regard to safety as well as listening to any complaints from workers on the same.
Your OSHA Rights – What Does The Law Say?
As a worker, you are entitled to a safe working environment. This may include things like making sure you have the necessary safety gear such as hard hats, special suits and goggles, as well as ensuring that you’ve received proper training from your supervisor. OSHA also requires that your employer train you in a language that you understand, and that they report any injuries necessitating hospitalization within 24 hours of them happening. Should you need copies of safety tests from your employer, they should be able to provide them to you within a reasonable timeframe, and your supervisor should confirm that all machines you work on are safe and regularly serviced. Your employer is also required to keep injury logs and make them available to you at any time, and you should be able to request an OSHA inspection and speak to the supervisor if for any reason you feel that there have been some safety issues that are concerning happening in your workplace.
Work-Related Injuries – What are My Rights?
Work-related injuries can be serious and catastrophic. Chances are you may need to seek treatment and recover for a few weeks to months, depending on your injuries. According to OSHA regulations, you are protected from any intimidation should you choose to report an OSHA infraction. This means that you cannot be demoted, fired, disciplined, bullied, suspended, blacklisted, threatened or have your hours or pay reduced due to your speaking out on a safety issue. If this happened to you, it’s time to get in touch with a work injury attorney so you can file a lawsuit to help recover compensation as well as reinstate you to your former position.
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