Construction Worker Rights
Posted on behalf of Lynch Law Firm on Dec 20, 2016 in Workers' Compensation News
Construction jobs are one of the most common locations for worker injuries. Because they are often inherently dangerous, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees efforts to reduce injuries on construction sites, among other job sites.
OSHA provides workers with certain rights under the law. These rights are designed to encourage a safe working environment to decrease worker injuries. Violations of any of these rights can result in fines, penalties and potential legal liability for employers or contractors.
If you have been injured on a construction site, our qualified construction accident lawyers can help you fight for the maximum compensation you need to pay for your injuries. We can help you submit your workers’ compensation claim and may be able to obtain additional compensation for you through other means.
All construction workers have the right to:
- Be trained in a language that you understand
- Be provided with safety gear or clothing
- Work on machines that are safe
- Be protected from toxic chemicals
- Report an injury or illness
- Get copies of your medical records
- See copies of workplace illness and injury logs
- Get copies of test results that describe hazards in the workplace
Employer Obligations under OSHA
Employers are required to provide a workplace free from hazards. They are also obliged to inform employees about health and safety standards that apply to their place of work.
In some construction jobs, this type of information is not always shared as effectively as it should be. Employers should post a sign that explains your rights and responsibilities under federal and state law.
Your Options if You Believe Your Job Site is Unsafe
If you feel that your working conditions are unsafe, unsanitary, or put you and your co-workers at unnecessary risk, you can file a complaint with OSHA and ask for an inspection.
You can choose to have your name withheld if you submit a complaint. However, employers cannot retaliate against you if you have lodged a complaint. Negative employment action that is due to filing a claim is illegal, and you have legal rights if this type of situation happens to you.
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