Is your workplace safe?
Employers have a responsibility to ensure that a workplace is free from hazards and unsafe conditions. But what constitutes a hazardous or unsafe workplace? Here are some signs to look for:
- Lack of safety equipment: Has your employer failed to provide you with adequate safety equipment, such as goggles, helmets, hand gloves, etc? Failing to provide equipment altogether or providing cheap or ineffective equipment can lead to more workplace injuries.
- Lack of proper safety training: Many employees require training to learn how to safely handle equipment or machinery, handle hazardous materials, properly lift heavy objects, and perform other tasks. Failure to provide adequate safety training can result in an increased risk of accidents and injuries.
- Broken equipment: One telltale sign of a dangerous workplace is broken or malfunctioning equipment. Employers should promptly remove or fix equipment that is not working.
- Health problems: Have you developed health problems since you started working? Problems with breathing, frequent headaches, and other new symptoms may be indicative of unsafe chemicals, gas leaks, radiation or other workplace hazards.
- Injured coworkers: Several employee injuries may indicate a workplace safety issue. This includes both injuries and occupational illnesses, which may develop due to chemical exposure or other conditions.
Employers should take proper accident prevention steps. But all too often, they take shortcuts to save time or money. Unfortunately, this puts all employees at an increased risk of suffering workplace accidents.
If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.Schedule a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your case with a workers' comp lawyer in the Central Valley.