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Occupational Safety and Health Administration gives you rights

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) gives you many rights in regards to workplace safety. It's important to understand all of these, as you need to know what you are permitted to do in the event of an accident that leads to an injury.

Here are the steps you need to take if you suffer a workplace injury:

  • Seek medical attention, which may include calling for an ambulance.
  • Notify your employer of the condition that caused the accident.
  • File a claim for workers' compensation benefits, if you are unable to return to work.
  • Contact OSHA if you feel that the issue presents an imminent threat to other workers.
  • File a complaint with OSHA if your employer does not take the necessary steps in remedying the problem.
  • Contact OSHA if you are retaliated against for filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits or for any other reason.

It's good to know that OSHA provides workers with a variety of rights. While no one expects to be injured at work, many people find themselves in this position at some point.

Your health should always come first, but once you are able to do so, you need to turn your attention to your legal rights.

If you are unable to return to work, workers' compensation benefits can help you get by for the time being. Along with this, you can do your part in protecting others by contacting OSHA and letting them know about the issue that lead to your accident and injuries. This can go a long way in helping somebody else avoid injury.

Source: FindLaw, "Your Safety at Work -- OSHA and State Law," accessed July 13, 2017

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