Employees have a right to a safe work environment on the job, whether it’s a building or a work site. This means employers have a duty to ensure buildings and job sites are safe for their employees. There are standards set by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) that dictate what qualifies as a safe working environment in each industry, and it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure these standards are followed.
Unsafe working conditions can result in work injuries in the blink of an eye. When this happens, The Law Offices of Richard J. Plezia & Associates can help.
OSHA and Unsafe Working Conditions
OSHA has rigid standards for workplace safety, and employers are required to provide a safe working environment for employees. Unsafe working conditions as defined by OSHA include:
- Failure to maintain or replace fire alarms and other warning systems
- Improper maintenance of machines, equipment, and tools
- Failure to conduct safety inspections
- Lack of records of on-the-job injuries
- Employer disregard of OSHA announcements and other OSHA materials
Depending on the circumstance of the unsafe working conditions, employees may be in imminent danger and injuries may occur. Lack of OSHA announcements and postings may not seem to pose as immediate of a threat as a failure to conduct safety inspections, but they can still cause an unsafe work environment and should be reported.
What is Imminent Danger?
In reference to unsafe work conditions, an employee is in “imminent danger” when a condition or threat in the workplace poses a risk of immediate harm by illness, injury, or death to employees. Employees who believe they are in imminent danger may refuse to continue working under the unsafe conditions. Unfortunately, situations that pose imminent danger are not always recognizable by the employee, resulting in injuries.
Getting OSHA Involved
Employees who suspect unsafe work conditions and/or imminent danger should file complaints with OSHA. An employee does not have to be injured in order to file a claim; however, if the employee is not in imminent danger, an OSHA complaint must be filed before a private lawsuit can take place.
But how does an employee determine whether or not they are in imminent danger at their place of work or if there are unsafe work conditions? Sometimes employees may have suspicions, but are not sure. Workplace accident injuries can be severe and risks should not be taken. A knowledgeable work injury attorney can look over your situation and help you through the process.
We Provide Experienced Houston Texas Work Injury Help
Unsafe working conditions are unacceptable in any industry, including construction and plants. If you suspect you are working under unsafe work conditions, and/or are in imminent danger, OSHA and The Law Offices of Richard J. Plezia & Associates are here to help you. Fill out our online contact form or give us a call at 1-800-428-1853 for a free consultation.
We have decades of experience successfully handling work injury claims. Our experienced attorneys can help you determine whether or not you are in danger or working under unsafe conditions, and will guide you each step of the way.