There is a persistent myth that you cannot sue your employer for a workplace accident. Don’t believe it. There are a few noteworthy exceptions to this rule, one of the most significant being instances where the employer was grossly negligent. Some degree of danger comes with the territory of many professions. But your employer does have a duty to protect you. Here are some of the most significant signs of employer negligence.
Insufficient Safety Training
One of the unfortunate facts of many industries is that they are always looking to cut costs. Some employers may try to get away with as little training as possible in an effort to save time and money. But if they do not give their employees sufficient safety training, this oversight can have significant or even deadly consequences.
Lack of PPE
Just a year ago, ‘PPE’ or personal protective equipment wasn’t part of the everyday lexicon, but it is now. Simply put, PPE is what keeps you safe while you’re at work. While the first thing to come to mind when you hear the term may be the medical field, you should keep in mind that PPE is required in far more professions than just that.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers fit their workers out with some basic PPE. Here are some examples of PPE for the typical construction worker:
- A hard hat
- Hearing protection in case of excess noise
- High-visibility vests and other clothing
- Goggles or face shields
This is just scratching the surface of the PPE your employer might have to provide you with, depending on the nature of your profession and local regulations. Failure to do so could constitute gross negligence.
Improper Hazard Assessment
One additional OSHA requirement is the performance of regular hazard assessments. Your employer should regularly take the opportunity to review the jobsite for any potential hazards to their worker’s health. There have been instances where employers failed to take note of slippery surfaces and other hazards that ended up harming their employees.
Are you not sure whether you can sue your employer for a workplace accident? You shouldn’t assume that you do not have legal recourses, especially if you feel as though you can build a case for employer negligence. Contact us today for a free case evaluation to hear our expert advice.
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