Workers' Rights for a Guaranteed Safe Working Environment
It has been three weeks now since your daughter started her very first job at L’Auberge du Lac. Although you’re extremely proud of her for working so hard, you’ve begun to notice large bruises on her arms and legs which she attributes to bumping into tables at the casino. You’re a little concerned, but she tells you not to worry about them. However, as she was getting home from her evening shift today, you saw her visibly limping to her room. Naturally you asked her what was wrong and she told you she thought she may have sprained her ankle falling over a set of stacked chairs.
You sit her down, and as you wrap her ankle, you talk to her about the safety of the casino and whether or not she has spoken to her boss. She again told you not to fuss about it because she doesn’t want to lose her job—she apparently would just rather come home black-and-blue every day. Although you commend her work ethic, her injuries are not acceptable.
What can she do to make sure that she and her fellow coworkers are safe?
Actions to Take When You Feel That Your Work Environment Is Unsafe
As a worker, you have the fundamental right to not only be physically safe at work, but also feel safe. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration included a section in its 1970 Act for protecting workers, which gives any employee the following rights to ensure his working conditions do not pose any risk of harm, injury, or death.
As an employee, you have the right—without discrimination or fear of retaliation—to:
- Ask and receive proper training, information, and counseling about possible hazards, workplace safety standards, and injury prevention.
- Get copies of your workplace’s past safety test results and scores; as well as what has been improved since the tests were conducted.
- Review—and if you so choose, get copies—of past injury, accident, and damage reports that occurred as a result of unsafe working conditions.
- Ask OSHA to independently inspect and investigate your workplace for possible hazards.
If you feel that your workplace may be unsafe, or if you’ve already suffered an injury as a result of an unsafe working environment—don’t allow your employer to get away with disobeying safety guidelines. Allow us to help you get the justice you deserve and the protection that you and your fellow co-workers are entitled to. Contact us today for a free consultation and review of your case.
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