The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, or the OSH Act, was passed to protect workers by regulating the safety of work environments and health standards. This law indicates that it is the employers’ responsibility to keep their workers safe and to provide workers with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). This is especially important for construction workers and transit workers who work in environments that are dangerous by nature.
It is also important to note that this law allows workers to complain about their working conditions without having the fear of being fired or discriminated for it. So if your employer gives you an assignment that puts you in a hazardous situation, you have the right to file a complaint. Your safety should always be placed first and you should not be punished for prioritizing your safety.
And remember, if you were hurt on the job because your employer did not follow the safety regulations placed by the OSH Act, or for any other reason, you are probably entitled to workers compensation benefits. Employers should be held accountable for your injury – especially if they did not follow the rules. If you were injured on the job and want more information on protecting yourself and your family and getting workers compensation, call us today at (202)393-3320 and we can probably answer just about any question you can think of.
Do you work for a union and think your members need to know more about DC workers' comp? Most people don't know how to manage a claim, and they end up making some of the critical mistakes that we see all too often. Give us a call and we are happy to schedule a 15 minute seminar with your union members giving then the five essential tips to managing your workers' comp claim.