Employees and workers of all types and in all industries have the right to assume they will be reasonably protected by their employers from harm and hazards. An employer who fails to take steps to create a safe work environment puts their workers at serious risk of injury. If or when something goes wrong, then they should expect a workers’ compensation claim filed against them from any injured parties.
What is a Reasonable Step to Create a Safe Workplace?
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have created guidelines employers should follow in order to promote and create workplace safety. The regulations sometimes demand strict adherence, such as when a “recognized, serious hazard” is called into question. For the most part, however, the rules only demand an employer take reasonable steps that should be easily followed at all times.
Examples of a reasonable effort to protect employees from harm:
- Keeping ample lighting in stairwells and dark rooms.
- Replacing frayed wiring as soon as it is noticed.
- Placing slip warning signs near spills until cleaned.
- Hiring security if the company is located in a high-crime area.
What Happens If Your Employer Does Not Keep You Safe?
Workers’ compensation claims do not pay close attention to liability in most cases. You can admit to accidentally causing your own injury and you should still be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If there is evidence that your employer did not maintain a safe work environment, though, you should take record of it.
Your workers’ compensation claim could feasibly be denied under the suspicious that you intentionally caused your accident, or due to the notion that your injury is not work-related. By showing that your employer failed to keep your workspace free from hazards, you may be able to prove otherwise if or when your case ends up going through appeals and litigation.
At Brooks Law, you can trust in our Medford workers’ compensation attorneys to handle your claim from start to finish. We have the legal know-how needed to manage initial filings, respond to inquiries from insurance companies, and stand up for your rights if your claim is denied or delayed. If your employer failed to take reasonable steps to protect you from harm, we can take it into account while working on your claim.
Learn more about your options and the benefits you might be eligible to collect by calling (888) 558-0622 and requesting a free case evaluation.