All employees have the right to expect a reasonably safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has put standards in place that dictate safety regulations across industries. However, it is not always possible to prevent accidents from occurring, and injuries can still occur.
If you have been recently injured in the workplace, you may be disappointed by the way that your employer has handled the situation. After a workplace injury, you should make sure that you consider filing for workers’ compensation, and make sure that you understand the responsibilities that your employer has toward you.
An employer must onboard new employees by explaining safety procedures
New employees should have a good understanding of the safety procedures in their company so that they can stay safe at work. They should also sign a form at the beginning of their employment to acknowledge that they understand and will comply with the safety rules.
An employer must respond to the accident appropriately
If an employee does become injured, the employer must take responsible and reasonable action. They should call 911 if necessary, and offer medical treatment. If the employee refuses medical treatment, they should sign a form to confirm that they were offered it.
An employer must provide a workers’ compensation form upon request
If an employee decides to file for workers’ compensation, they should notify their employer. The employer has the duty to provide them with the appropriate papers within 24 hours.
If you have been injured while at work, you should take swift action to file for workers’ compensation. This can help you get the financial damages that you deserve.