Federal law guarantees you and every other employee the right to a safe workplace. If you think your work environment isn’t following the guidelines in place to protect you and your coworkers, you may request an inspection from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Workers compensation varies on a state-by-state level. It covers your medical bills, lost wages, disability, and rehabilitation for work-related injuries and illnesses. If you have questions about any of these benefits, contact an experienced workers compensation attorney near you.
If you feel your workplace is unsafe or dangerous, here are a few tips to make your own workstation as safe as you can. Protect yourself from injury by:
- Understanding hazards in your workplace
- Using a good form when lifting and moving heavy objects or asking for assistance when needed
- Taking frequent breaks. Injuries can occur when workers start feeling tired and stop paying attention.
- Not ignoring safety to get your job done faster or easier, especially when heavy equipment and machinery is involved. Using machinery incorrectly is one of the leading causes of many work-related injuries.
- Knowing where the emergency shut-off switches are located
- Reporting unsafe work conditions to your supervisor, employer, or OSHA
- Wearing the right safety equipment (PPE)
If you find yourself involved in a workplace accident and you’re unsure of what benefits you’re ultimately entitled to receive, contact The Clardy Law Firm. Our experienced workers compensation attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you truly deserve.