Employees have a right to a safe workplace, even before an injury or accident occurs. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) gives workers the right to a safe workplace. Employees may review safety guidelines and report unsafe conditions either to their employer or to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) itself. Employees may also inform OSHA if they have been discriminated against or harassed at work because they pointed out an unsafe condition.
OSHA complaints can be filed online, on paper, or by calling your regional OSHA office. OSHA recommends calling the regional office if a workplace hazard is creating an emergency or is immediately life-threatening. It may also be wise to call 911 or your local emergency number in this situation as well.
Before reporting a hazard to OSHA, first report it to your employer. Your employer may be able to correct the hazard without delay. Employees can, however, contact OSHA at any time “if they believe there is a violation of a safety or health standard, or if there is any danger that threatens physical harm, or if an ‘imminent danger’ exists.” You can also contact OSHA either before or after a workplace accident occurs.
Preventing accidents on the job in Pennsylvania is one of the best ways to avoid them, and laws require safe workplaces to exist for exactly this reason. If you or a loved one is injured in a Philadelphia workplace accident, however, you have certain legal rights. To discuss your legal rights and options after a workplace accident and take steps to protect them, call the skilled Philadelphia hurt at work attorneys at Anapol Weiss today. Please call 1-866-735-2792 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.