No matter what kind of job you have, you should be working in a workplace environment that keeps you safe and healthy. Certain workplace environments involve more dangerous conditions than others, but all companies should strive to keep their employees safe. Sometimes, however, as an employee it can be difficult to know if your workplace condition is legally unsafe or not.
What Defines an Unsafe Working Environment?
Unsafe working conditions occur when an employee is unable to perform his or her daily work duties because of hazardous physical conditions. These conditions can include exposed wiring, broken tools or equipment, dangerous materials, falling objects, toxic vapors or exposure, slip and fall hazards, and general employer negligence of the surrounding environment.
What Laws Protect My Working Conditions?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal organization created by Congress that affirms safe and healthy working conditions for employees by enforcing certain workplace standards and laws. All private sector (and post office) employees are covered by the OSHA program, but public-sector employees are not, and they can only be covered in states that have a state-operated OSHA program. Under OSHA, you are entitled to several training procedures, such as training on health and safety standards and dangerous chemicals you could be exposed to. You can also request OSHA work injury and workers’ rights information from your employer, and you can request an OSHA inspection and its results.
What Steps Can I Take to File a Claim?
As an employee, you have every right to a safe working environment. If you want to complain, you should first inform your employer. Then, file a complaint with human resources and OSHA if your employer does not fix the problem. You can also file a lawsuit for any injuries you received from the unsafe working conditions. Contact our Los Angeles employment lawyers today for a free evaluation.