No matter the industry, it is every employee’s right to have a safe workplace and every employer’s responsibility to make the workplace as safe as possible. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case in every situation. Injuries and incidents caused by unsafe working conditions happen far more often than they should. All employees should take proactive steps to ensure their safety in the workplace, as well as the safety of their coworkers.
Report Safety Issues Promptly
When it comes to employer liability Oregon employers are required to carry worker’s compensation insurance so any injuries that might occur will be covered without the necessity of lawsuits. It is in their best interests to respond to any issues brought to their attention to keep premiums down. When you see a potential safety hazard, take your concerns to your employer right away. If they do not correct the problem in a timely manner, OSHA is your next line of defense for reporting safety violations.
Exercise Your Right to Refuse
Many workers do not realize that they have the right to refuse to work in unsafe conditions. When you have a credible reason for feeling as if your life or physical well being is in danger and you have reported the issue to employers without rectification, you are within your rights to refuse to work without retaliation. OSHA has regulations in place that will protect you if your employer insists on you working when it isn’t safe and other recourse to correct the problem is not available.
Your physical well-being is important to you and your loved ones. Your employer should respect this and take the necessary steps to make sure that you are safe and secure when performing your duties. If this is not the case, take the steps you need to handle the situation in a way that protects your rights.