Did you know that no matter what type of job you have, you are entitled to a reasonable expectation of safety in the workplace? This means even if you work in a relatively dangerous job, you should not have to face unnecessary risks and hazards. Every Ohio worker would be wise to learn more about these rights and how he or she can protect these entitlements.
One of the most important rights you have is the ability to seek benefits through a workers’ compensation claim after a workplace accident. If you suffer injuries at work or are suffering from the effects of an occupational illness, you would have a rightful claim to financial support through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider. You have the right to know how to proceed with this type of claim.
Other rights in the workplace
When you took your job, perhaps you were not aware of the various rights you have. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, you can also act to protect your rights or speak up about problems in your workplace without fear of retaliation from your employer. Some of these the rights you have include:
- You have the right to expect the machines you work on or around are safe and well maintained.
- You have the right to receive job and safety training in a language you can easily comprehend.
- You can report an injury at work or an occupational illness and have personal copies of your medical records.
- You have the right to access safety equipment necessary to do certain tasks without increased risk of an injury.
- You have the right to have necessary protection when working in the vicinity of toxic materials.
- You have the right to disclose the problem and request an inspection of your workplace if there is a problem.
Knowing your rights is the first and most critical step in protecting your interests. If you think your employer is violating your rights, keeping you from filing a workers’ compensation claim or endangering you at all, you may want to seek legal guidance regarding potential options.
After a workplace accident, securing support through a workers’ compensation claim is critical. This can be a lengthy and complex process, and you also have the right to have the assistance of an experienced attorney as you complete your claim, deal with any complications and fight to get the full amount of benefits you deserve.