Employers are obligated to provide a safe work environment for their workers
by law. Employers who violate these Federal and State regulations can
be held accountable by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA.
OSHA is a federal body requiring employers to keep their place of business
safe and free of health hazards and safety conditions which could result
in injuries. In addition to maintaining a safe workspace, employers must
post an OSHA job safety notice in their workplace, keep a record of any
injuries, deaths, and exposures to dangerous material, and provide safety
training if necessary.
If an employee is in danger of harm for some reason, they ought to report
the dangerous condition to OSHA. These employees may also have the right
to refuse to work.
Refusals must meet certain conditions, such as:
- A reasonable belief a condition in the workplace poses an immediate and
- The employer will not fix the dangerous condition
- The worker did not have a reasonable alternative
- The immediacy of the danger does not allow enough time to report the condition to OSHA
Workers may refuse to work until the danger is eliminated by the employer
or it is determined that no imminent danger exists.
When a dangerous conditions exists which does not pose an imminent threat,
employees should inform their employer of the situation in writing. Workers
may have grounds to file a complaint with OSHA if the employer fails to
act on the information. Workers are offered certain protections by OSHA
and the Laws of Florida from employers who choose to retaliate against
them for reporting a danger or violation.
Speak with our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney who can push for your rights if you are injured on the job.