Connecticut employers have an obligation to make their places of business as safe as reasonably possible for employees. This means meeting the standards set in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for preventing unnecessary injuries. Cutting corners and skipping steps may not seem that risky, but they can make it more likely that you will be involved in an accident that will leave you injured.
Some of the most common safety violations involve occupations that require physical labor, such as construction or manufacturing. However, you have the right to safety at work no matter what type of job you have. Regardless of where you work or your job requirements, you also have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits in the event of a workplace accident.
Safety standards at work
There are safety standards in place for a reason. One of the most important roles employers have is to make sure workers understand the equipment available to them and how to use it. It is also important to clearly communicate any risks involved with certain tasks. The most common citations given by OSHA involve the following safety issues:
- Fall protection equipment is necessary for anyone who works from heights. This equipment can save a life if a worker falls or loses his or her footing on the job.
- Workers exposed to chemicals or certain toxins must have respiratory protective equipment in order to protect them from sickness and long-term harm.
- Employers must provide eye and face protective equipment for employees who need it. This is important for protection against flying debris and other things that can cause harm.
Even with the provision of necessary safety equipment and proper training, accidents and injuries can still happen in any type of workplace. If this happened to you, it is possible you have reason to move forward with a workers’ compensation claim with your employer’s insurance provider.
What do you need for recovery?
Every accident is different, and what you need to get better depends on your injuries and the details of your individual situation. Working with an experienced attorney can help you maximize the benefits available to you.
If you need to file a claim, you will find it beneficial to first start with an assessment of your case. This can help you understand how to move forward with your claim and what you need to recover and return to work after your accident.