Employees have a right to a workplace that is reasonably free of safety and health hazards.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
While some workplaces have unavoidable dangers, employees are entitled to work in an environment which is as safe as possible. A workplace injury can have severe consequences for an individual, especially if he or she is the sole provider for their family. This includes even minor injuries.
The situation can become more frustrating and traumatic if an employer tries to deny compensation to the injured employee – due to a workplace’s failure to meet OSHA standards. Although all employees need to be careful and watch out for their own safety, there is no excuse for a negligent employer.
The number one goal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is to reduce workplace hazards and implement safety and health programs for employers and their employees. Employees have certain rights, including:
- Training and information on the hazards of the workplace
- Ways to avoid harm
- Review documentation on work-related illness and injuries at the job site
- Be able to confidentially make a complaint with OSHA to have an inspection of the workplace
If you have been injured on-the-job and believe your employer has created a hazardous work environment, it is important to make sure the situation receives attention. It would be wise to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help make sure you understand your rights and the potential for workers’ compensation.
Contact the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi to get answers to your questions and to determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. We serve clients in the Fort Lee, New Jersey and New York City areas.