Employers are required under both federal and state laws to provide a safe workplace for their workers. This means that the workplace should be free from dangers that could result in a workplace accident or injury or an occupational illness which is why it is important for workers to be familiar with the layers of protection at work for them on-the-job.
Under federal law, employers are required to provide workers with a workplace that is free from health and safety hazards that may result in death or serious injuries; post Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety notices in the workplace; keep a record of injuries, exposures to hazardous materials and deaths that occur in the workplace; and provide safety training when necessary. Employers should also ensure that their workers have necessary safety equipment to help keep them safe on the job.
In addition, workers should know what to do if they believe there is an unsafe working condition in their workplace that causes an imminent danger to workers of if they believe there is an unsafe working condition in their workplace that does not cause an imminent danger. Though there are safeguards in place against a unsafe workplace, when workers have been harmed on the job either by a workplace injury or occupational illness, it is important for them to be familiar with other protections available to them and how they work, including workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ compensation benefits can help injured workers and workers suffering with an occupational illness with their medical expenses and lost wages until they are able to return to work or if they are unable to return to work. It is of paramount importance that workers have a safe workplace and that they know what to do when their workplace is not safe and they have been injured or become sick.