After an Arizona resident suffers a workplace injury, there are many questions that may arise. Some may be uncertain as to what rights they have and how they can go about protecting these rights. A workplace accident can have many life-altering effects. A worker may no longer be able to perform his or her duties, resulting in an inability to earn wages. This is why it is of the utmost importance that an employee understands his or her rights.
Many rights and responsibilities are given to employees and employers by OSHA, also known as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA gives employees the right to review copies of the appropriate rules, standards, regulations and requirements that should be made available by the employer, for example. Workers also have the right to receive copies of tests done to find hazards in the workplace. Employees can also request that OSHA inspect their workplace if it is believed that the environment is hazardous.
Employers also have certain obligations under OSHA. These include the obligation to provide a workplace where recognized hazards are absent. Employers must also ensure that employees have access and are able to use safe tools and equipment. They must also inform employees of OSHA safety and health standards, as well as display an official OSHA poster that describes rights and responsibilities.
When employers fail to take certain steps, workplace accidents may occur. In such situations, it can be difficult to know what actions to take. Often, a victim may be eligible for workers' compensation. In such cases it can be helpful to consult with an attorney so that the victim is able to come to a fuller understanding of his or her rights.
Source: FindLaw, "OSHA and Construction Workers' Right to a Safe Workplace," Accessed on April 12, 2016