You should never have to worry about getting injured when you go to work, especially if you don't work in an industry known for dangerous jobs. But, there are times when workplaces can be dangerous for employees. Most of the time, these dangers are prevented from the get-go by the rules and regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Here's how you can protect against an unsafe workplace in California.
Workers' compensation benefits cover many areas of a workers' needs after an injury on the job. Depending on the nature of the injury and the length of the recovery time required, workers compensation offers different types of wage loss benefits to help employees stay on top of their finances while they recover.
Accidents can occur in any workplace, no matter what sort of hazards are common to any particular environment. An employer has a responsibility to maintain a safe workplace for its employees, but this practically relies on employees and managerial staff to identify potential hazards and report them properly. If an employer does not know of a potential hazard, it is unlikely that the hazard will resolve itself, and it may harm an employee sooner or later.
When an employee suffers an injury in the line of his or her work, that person's employer bears a number of responsibilities to ensure the injury receives proper treatment and that the employee can reasonably recover from the injury and possibly return to work. From the position of the employee, it is not always easy to know exactly what to expect from an employer, especially in circumstances where an employee may not trust an employer to uphold his or her end of the arrangement.
When you receive an injury at work, you should usually obtain medical care as soon as possible and then file a workers' compensation claim with your employer. Workers' compensation claims can provide excellent coverage, and, with some special attention, may even produce a fair settlement offer for your injury. However, not all workplace injuries necessarily lead to a workers' compensation claim.
California is an amazing hub of innovation, often leading the way in new technologies and systems that change the way the rest of the country and even the world operate. These ideas often seem very removed from the real world, but the reality of pursuing this kind of progress is that they inevitably involve some people on the ground, doing the work. Even in these innovative projects, work accidents can and do happen.
Even with companies at the very cutting edge of technology, it is still possible for employees to have safety concerns. Elon Musk's revolutionary automaker Tesla recently came under scrutiny for a number of complaints from employees about the company's policies for handling certain chemicals.
Workers' safety is important no matter where you work, and state safety agencies bear great responsibility for ensuring that workers in every job sector remain safe. When an employee suffers an injury or dies on the job, these agencies investigate the scene of the injury to identify any safety violations on the part of the employer. When they do find safety violations, they have the power to levy fines against the employer, such as in a recent case involving a California ski resort.
When a person is injured in a workplace accident, the law provides ways for the victim to seek fair compensation for his or her injuries. However, it is rare to see as significant an award as the one handed down to a Riverside man recently. The man, who suffered a devastating forklift accident in 2013 finally prevailed when a judge awarded him $17 million.
If you have concerns about the safety of your worksite, then you should inform your superiors and give them proper opportunity to address the issue. However, in some cases, your complaints may trigger an inspection from an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) representative, so you should know what that means for your employer and how to keep your interests protected in the process.