While certain occupations are unavoidably riskier than others, all workers have the potential of sustaining an accident or injury, especially if working under unsafe conditions. No matter how hazardous an industry or job may be, no employee should ever fear the potential of suffering a dangerous or life-threatening injury at work. Shockingly, the National Safety Council estimates that every 7 seconds, a worker is injured on the job.
When this happens to you, it can feel as though your entire world is falling apart as you face the prospect of expensive medical costs, lengthy treatment, immense pain and suffering, an inability to earn wages, and emotional suffering. Despite how impossible the situation may appear to be, you do not have to face this alone.
Know Your Rights
As an employee, you are entitled to safe working conditions under federal law. If this is threatened in any way, you have the right to speak up about these concerns without consequence. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, every employer is legally required to keep their workplace free of any safety hazards that may result in any harm or injury to their employees. If your employer fails to uphold the strict rules or guidelines to upholding safety in the workplace in good faith, they may be found in violation of the U.S. Government Department of Labor’s OSHA. If you find yourself the victim of a workplace injury, you are entitled to certain rights and procedures. These include:
- The right to pursue medical treatment
- The right to file a claim in workers’ compensation court
- The right to return to your job, if medically-approved
- The right to appeal the decision made by your employer or their insurance company
- The right to legal representation
How to Prevent Workplace Accidents or Injuries
Though it is ultimately your employer’s inherent responsibility to ensure they provide a safe working environment, you and your fellow workers can take certain precautions as well. The truth is, every individual plays a role in workplace safety. Just as accidents cannot be prevented if your employer displays negligence, the same can be said for reckless employees.
Admittedly, while every occupation is unique, common injuries or accidents in the workplace include muscle strains or sprains, overexertion, toxic exposure, slip and fall accidents, being hit by falling objects, sensory loss, vehicle crashes, fires or explosions, and more. It is important to remember the majority of these circumstances may be under your control by taking certain protective measures. Do not neglect your personal safety by assuming your employer is looking out for you.
Consider these safety tips to prevent a potential accident or injury in the workplace:
- Beware of your surroundings.
- Take regular breaks to avoid drowsiness or exhaustion.
- Always stay focused on the task at hand.
- Keep emergency exits clear.
- Report unsafe conditions to your employer.
- Always wear protective equipment, including helmets, gloves, eye goggles, back braces, and other safety gear.
- Obey all enforced regulations, instructions, and rules.
- Do not use machinery or equipment unless you are authorized and trained to do so.
- Eliminate fire hazards.
- Prevent falling objects by using protections such as netting, boards, and proper stacking.
Injured & Seeking a Dedicated & Skilled Workers’ Compensation Lawyer? Contact Us Today
If you have been injured on the job, look no further than our trusted firm for exceptional legal counsel, care, and representation. At Van Dingenen Law, we have created an impressive legacy of success-driven advocacy on behalf of those seeking the compensation they deserve after an injury in the workplace. Our unwavering commitment to your best interests is exactly what you need during this stressful time. We are ready to help you survive this challenging process with ease.
Would you like to speak to a representative of our firm? Don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (407) 967-5377 to schedule an initial case evaluation today.