In most workplaces, there are safety standards in place that serve the purpose of keeping workers as safe as reasonably possible. These standards are especially important in places where physical labor is a requirement of the job, such as in construction or in manufacturing. When people cut corners and safety is not a priority, it can result in unnecessary accidents.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certain regulations regarding workplace safety. Their implementation depends on the type of workplace, but violating the necessary safety precautions can result in fines and other penalties. Every Pennsylvania worker has the right to a reasonable expectation of safety on the job, no matter what type of work he or she does.
What violations could be threatening your safety?
Every workplace is difficult. The standards necessary to keep you safe depend on the type of work you do and the nature of your work environment. According to OSHA, the following safety standards are the ones most often violated in various types of workplaces:
- Provision of respiratory safety equipment for workers who handle certain chemicals and toxic substances
- Eye and face protection to keep flying debris or a dangerous substance from causing an injury
- Fall protection equipment for those working from heights and safety training for how to do it safely
- Providing guarding of machines and certain parts of moving equipment to prevent accidental contact
- Ladder safety training and safe ladders to use
Even a few cut corners can place workers at an unnecessary risk for injury. However, accidents can still happen even in the safest of work environments. In these instances, it is appropriate for the injured workers to seek financial support through a workers’ compensation claim.
Getting help when you need it
If you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, you may not be sure where to start. It can be intimidating to file an insurance claim, and you may not be aware of all of the benefits available to you. You do not have to take even one step of this process alone.
There is significant benefit in working with an experienced attorney from the very beginning of the claims process. This can help you avoid setbacks, such as a denied claim, and you will be more likely to get what you need to move forward from your accident with the right benefits.