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Protecting Yourself from Unsafe Working Conditions

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 real danger
  • 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.