Unsafe Work Conditions
Seek Justice with Our Woodland Hills Employment Law Attorneys
One of the basic obligations employers has to its employees is to provide a safe workplace environment. Unfortunately, not every employer is up to this task, resulting in countless workplace injuries nationwide every year. In California, employees are protected from these incidents by state and federal laws, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA).
If you have been injured at your workplace due to unsafe conditions, then it is highly advised that you start exploring your legal options. At the Law Office of Payab & Associates, our skilled, industry-recognized Woodland Hill employment lawyers are well-versed in defending the rights and interests of California workers—including in OSHA violations. If you've been hurt, we can bring vigilant, comprehensive counsel to your OSHA petition or injury suit and ensure that gravity of your accident is vividly put forth before the law.
Get a proven advocate in your corner during this critical time. Contact our firm today to request a free, no-obligation case evaluation today.
Common Unsafe Conditions in the Workplace
The industry you work in often comes with its own unique risk factors for workplace accidents. Warehouse and construction jobs are often among the highest risk jobs for workplace injuries. However, even desk jobs can be subjected to risks from unsafe conditions.
Some of the most common unsafe working conditions include:
- Use of faulty or broken equipment
- Obstacles blocking pathways or exits
- Slippery or otherwise hazardous flooring
- Malfunctioning or missing warning systems
- Lack of safety guards and rails
- Improper containment of biological, chemical, and other hazardous materials
- Congested work areas
- Poor lighting
- Lack of appropriate safety gear
The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that California employers not only provide a safe environment for employees but to maintain one over time, as well. If they fail to do so and an employee is hurt, the employee can be held liable for the resulting medical bills, lost wages, and other hardships.
OSHA requires that employers:
- Post OSHA guidelines in the workplace for employees to review
- Regularly inspect equipment and workplace conditions
- Keep all equipment in good working condition and up to code
- Maintain alarm systems, fire sprinklers, and other safety contingencies
- Provide employees with all needed protective equipment
- Keeping accurate records of all workplace injuries
Retaliation & Wrongful Termination
When faced with unsafe work conditions, some employees aren't only at risk of injury, they also may be faced with retaliation or wrongful termination if they report the conditions to the authorities. If you have acted as a whistleblower to report your employer for unsafe conditions or practices and then experienced retaliation, you likely have legal options. Our firm has handled thousands of employment law cases and is ready to aggressively pursue accountability in this matter on your behalf.
The wrongdoing in your case does not have to stand. Call our firm at (818) 918-5522 today to start exploring your legal options.