The workplace can be dangerous even if you don’t work in a dangerous profession. Why? It all depends on the employer and how seriously they take employee safety at all times. If an employer is lax in how they keep the workplace safe, it is incredibly possible that accidents can occur that lead to serious injuries and maybe even death.
Where does the employer responsibility to provide a safe workplace come from? For starters, there are regulations and laws in place from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that creates this responsibility for all employers in Modesto, California and the rest of the state. Employers must meet these regulations all the time or risk being fined, or even shut down, if the violations are serious.
An employer can in no way escape liability when an employee is injured on the job. The employer could wind up being sued for the accident, especially if the hazard was known and was not rectified. In other instances, the employee will likely file a workers’ compensation claim with the employer and their insurance company.
It’s important for all employers to protect their employees as much as possible. There might be times where a hazard isn’t discovered until it’s too late (an accident occurs and an employee suffers an injury). Even still, the employer must take the proper steps to ensure the employee is medically treated and cared for correctly.
Every employer has a responsibility to keep the workplace safe from various hazards, especially if an employee reports a problem. When you suffer an injury due to a workplace accident, it’s important to speak with an attorney about the incident and protect your rights. For more information, please explore our site further or contact us directly.