What are my rights as a worker?

Employment is both a blessing and a curse for many Georgia residents. Although it provides them with the money they need to have fun, pay their bills and support their loved ones, it also takes time away from their other commitments and may inflict stresses upon them that stem from their work-related responsibilities. While most people experience times of satisfaction and times of frustration with their work situations, no workers should ever feel as though their safety is in danger when on the job. This post will examine some of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) workers’ rights that, if disregarded by employers, could lead to workplace injuries and accidents. Victims of these often preventable incidents are encouraged to consider discussing their possible workers’ compensation claims with attorneys who work in the relevant field.

Under OSHA rules, workers have rights that protect their safety and ensure that they cannot be retaliated against for wanting to better understand the potential threats that exist in their places of employment. For example, a worker has the right to see copies of workplace injury and illness logs as well as reports that may provide him or her with information on hazards in the workplaces. Employees have the right to be kept away from hazardous chemicals and to be trained to do their jobs in the languages they speak.

Workers also have the right to report their work-related injuries and illnesses to their employers and have OSHA inspections undertaken to check their workplaces for potential threats. Workers also must be provided with adequate safety equipment and machinery for completing their work tasks so that they may stay safe while on the job.

When employers fail to keep workers safe, innocent individuals can experience harm and be kept out of the jobs that they need to support their families. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides workers with rights that they may seek to enforce before their unsafe working conditions lead to dangerous incidents.

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