You may not be aware of it, but you have important rights as an employee under federal law. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was enacted to prevent workers from being injured or killed in workplace accidents. Understanding your rights could help you avoid a serious accident and life-altering injuries.
Six Rights You Have Under OSH Act
The OSH Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to implement standards to keep workers safe. It also gives workers like you a right to working conditions that do not pose a serious risk of harm. You have a right to:
- Ask OSHA to inspect your workplace
- Exercise your rights without facing retaliation or discrimination
- Receive training about the hazards at your job, how to prevent the dangers, and what OSHA safety guidelines apply to your job
- Obtain test results done to determine hazards at your job
- Review records on work-related injuries and illnesses
- Get copies of your medical records
Many employers and industries are regulated by OSHA, and OSHA has created safety guidelines specific to these industries to prevent workers’ injuries and deaths. Unfortunately many employers do not follow these requirements, and employees like you pay the price.
If a violation of an OSHA safety rule caused your workplace accident, this could be grounds to hold your non-subscriber employer responsible for compensating you for your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. Call us at (817) 380-4888 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced legal team where we’ll explain your legal options and how we can assist you.