Do you work in a warehouse, factory, or chemical plant? How about another type of industrial environment?
If so, you know that you often face dangerous work conditions. While you do your best to avoid trouble, you never know if something bad could happen.
Despite the fact that you agree to work in a dangerous environment, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up all your rights. Remember this: There are both state and federal standards and regulations in place to protect workers (regardless of industry).
Unfortunately, if a standard or regulation is ignored, such as by an employer, the end result can be injury or even death.
Here are the steps you should take if you suffer an injury in an industrial accident:
— Get medical attention. In addition to on-site first aid treatment, be sure to contact an ambulance.
— Notify your employer. Let your employer know what happened, including any dangerous conditions.
— File a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Don’t delay in considering this option, as you want to receive benefits as soon as possible.
–– Contact OSHA. If you have reason to believe that your employer is not addressing a particular hazard, it’s important to contact OSHA so they can step in and inspect the job site.
— File a complaint with OSHA. You have the right to file a complaint if your employer does not remedy the hazard.
— Focus on your legal rights. There may come a time when you have choice but to file a lawsuit as to protect your rights. For instance, this could be your only option if you’re fired as a result of contacting OSHA.
At our law firm, we understand that industrial accidents are serious. We also understand that some employers don’t do their part in keeping their workers safe.
If you are involved in any type of industrial accident that requires medical treatment, you should not hesitate to learn more about your legal rights. Your employer put you in a bad position, and there is no reason that you should have to deal with the aftermath on your own.
In the end, your health and well being is most important. Along with this, you should focus on the financial impact of the accident.