When employees arrive at their workplace and start their day, they expect to be able to clock out and go home with no complications. In some instances, however, employees are unable to go home at all after the workday. Rather, some employees never make it to the end of their workday. Unfortunately, many employees suffer injuries and are rushed to emergency rooms for medical assistance. Workplace accidents can range in severity and can cause injuries, and sometimes even death. Nearly all workplace accidents are preventable if employers ensure that their place of work is up to safety standards and hazard-free. How could employers keep the workplace as safe as possible? Employers could provide safety training to employees, ensure that floors are frequently cleaned, and routinely inspect the area to ensure that no hazards are present. Many employers do not ensure that the workplace is safe, and they expect their employees to work in dangerous conditions. If you noticed hazardous workplace conditions and your employer is not taking action to address the hazards, you have the right to take legal action against your employer.
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Employers have a duty to provide their employees with safe working conditions. If you are interested in taking action against your employer, you must contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible. California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group will provide you with an unsafe workplace attorney in Los Angeles that can evaluate your situation and explain your legal options. The sections below contain general information about the unsafe work environments and how to approach the situation legally. Although you should find the details provided informative, you should not use the information in place of a consultation with an unsafe workplace environment lawyer in Los Angeles. You must contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible to receive specific information regarding your situation in the workplace.
Why are Unsafe Workplace Conditions Problematic?
The main problem with unsafe working conditions is that employees are put at risk of injury. Employees can become injured from many situations, including wet floors, loose flooring or carpeting, wiring on the floor, elevated stacks of products, heavy materials placed in unstable areas, or improper safety training. Employees can be victims of slips, trips, falls, collisions, falling objects, moving machinery, and other accidents. These accidents are completely preventable if workplace conditions are up to standards. However, with unsafe workplace conditions, employers are put at risk of suffering head injuries and traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, fractures, sprains and strains, bruises, cuts, and lacerations. These injuries commonly cause temporary disability; in severe cases, a victim can suffer permanent disability or can even lose his or her life. Therefore, it is vital to identify unsafe working conditions and inform your employer about the hazards. If your employer is not willing to address and remove the unsafe conditions, you must take the necessary actions to prevent you or a co-worker from suffering injuries in the workplace.
What Does the Law Say about Unsafe Workplace Conditions?
Nearly all employers are regulated by the federal and state governments. In other words, it is against the law to make employees work in unsafe workplaces. What are these laws that protect employees on both the federal and state levels? The United States Department of Labor has a sector known as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA developed the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 aimed to reduce workplace hazards and promote safety and health programs for employers and employees. The OSH Act of 1970 states the following:
- Employers must provide employees with employment and a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that can cause injury or death to employees. Employees must also conform to the occupational safety and health standards outlined by the OSH Act.
- Employees must also conform to the occupational safety and health standards, rules, regulations, and orders outlined in the OSH Act.
As you can see, both employers and employees have a responsibility under the OSH Act of 1970. Something to notice in the first point above is that workplaces must be free from recognized hazards. In other words, hazards of which the employer is not aware cannot be addressed and removed, so an employer might not be liable for accidents and injuries caused by those unforeseen hazards. In the second point, it is important to notice that employees also have a responsibility to stay safe.
The State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations has a sector – the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) – known as Cal/OSHA. Cal/OSHA does much of what the OSH Act does. Cal/OSHA aims to protect and improve the safety and health of working individuals in California. Cal/OSHA sets and enforces standards, provides outreach, education, and assistance, and issues permits, licenses, certifications, registrations, and approvals.
For more information on OSHA and Cal/OSHA, contact a Los Angeles attorney who can take unsafe workplace environment cases. The attorney will be able to further explain the laws that protect employees in the workplace.
What Can I Do If I Notice An Unsafe Work Environment?
As an employee, you should always remember the following: you have the right to refuse to perform hazardous work, and you have the right to make formal complaints against your employer. If you witness a hazardous working condition in your California workplace and your employer has not or will not address the hazard, you must file a complaint with Cal/OSHA. To file a complaint, you must call the local Cal/OSHA district office and be ready to provide the following information:
- Name and address of the employer
- Location of the hazard
- When the hazard takes place
- General description of the hazard
Based on the information you provide in your complaint, Cal/OSHA will either notify the employer to address the hazard or conduct an investigation. Investigations consist of investigators walking around the workplace and observing the hazards. Investigations might also consist of interviewing employees and supervisors, as well of reviewing records and taking photographs or measurements. If the investigation finds any health and safety violations, the employer will receive at least one citation and will need to address the hazards.
If you rather not file a complaint with Cal/OSHA and instead file an independent lawsuit, you will need to hire an unsafe workplace attorney who can sue your employer. You will need to prove that the employer’s negligence is creating hazards in the workplace. If you were injured because of these hazards, you might be able to be compensated for the damages you incurred. If there were no injuries because of the hazards, your lawsuit will likely result in a fine. The lawsuit might also result in an order to address and remove all hazards in the workplace. For more information about filing a lawsuit against your employer, contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible.
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California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is a law firm dedicated to fighting for the rights of all employees in Los Angeles. Many employers subject their employees to substandard working conditions. No one deserves to work in a place where he or she does not feel safe. All employers must follow safety standards that ensure the wellbeing of their employees. If these standards are not followed, the employer might create hazardous conditions that can cause employees to be victims of accidents. You must speak up as soon as possible. Employees have the right to report the violations and file a lawsuit against the employer. California Employment Attorneys Group is here to offer the legal services necessary to help you file an unsafe working conditions lawsuit. Contact the California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible to start the legal process against your employer.
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