Your safety at work: do you know your rights?
Do you know what hidden threats could be compromising your safety in the workplace? Are you aware of the various things that could cause you harm at any point in the workplace? No matter what type of job you have, it is possible you could suffer injury or become ill due to something related to your employment. This is why workplace safety is critical.
Florida employers bear the responsibility of making sure their workers are as safe as reasonably possible. Creating a culture of safety starts with protecting the rights of workers, which includes the right to be safe, no matter the type of work. Regardless of your specific job description, it is in your interests to learn more about what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has to say about your rights at work.
What can you expect from your employer?
Making workplaces safe starts with the employer. There are certain things you have the right to expect from your company, including the training you need to do your job well and safely. Some of the other things you have the right to do yourself or expect from your employer include the following:
- The right to report unsafe work conditions or safety concerns with the appropriate authorities
- Access to necessary safety equipment and safety training
- Protection against exposure to dangerous chemicals and toxic substances
- Expectation that the machines you use are safe and properly maintained
- The right to see the results of safety inspections or tests
OSHA lists these things and others as reasonable things you have the right to expect from your employer. If you have concerns about the environment you work in or the hazards you face when doing your job, you have the right to speak up. You do not have to risk your health and safety because of fear of retaliation.
The recovery you deserve
In the event that you do experience an injury in a work accident or become sick as a result of your work environment, you have the right to seek recovery through a workers’ compensation claim. Through your claim, you can get recovery of your medical bills and lost wages, as well as help getting back to work.
If you need to file a workers’ compensation claim or you have concerns about retaliation for reporting unsafe conditions, you may want to speak about your concerns with an experienced attorney. An assessment of your case can help you understand an appropriate way forward.