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Do not be afraid to report problems to OSHA

Many workers in Illinois endure substandard working conditions, where they are subjected to numerous hazards every day. This is unacceptable, yet too many employers neglect to properly maintain their establishments and protect the safety of their employees. Meanwhile, many workers do not realize the extent to which their rights are being breached, or that they might be entitled to workers' compensation if they are injured on the job.

Even if your line of work involves necessary hazards, you should still be provided with the equipment and training to handle those hazards safely. Furthermore, if you report a safety issue to your employer, they should resolve it as quickly and completely as possible. If this does not happen, you may need to take the matter further. One option is to contact OSHA with your concerns.

You may be concerned that making a report could get you into trouble with your employer or even cost you your job. However, as this article on employee rights explains, you can request that OSHA does not reveal your name to your employer in the event that you make a complaint. Furthermore, it is against the law for your employer to dismiss you for making such a complaint. As such, although it can be daunting to go through with such a process, you at least have the reassurance of being protected by law.

If you have been injured at work, or you are having problems with your employer after reporting a hazard, you might benefit from the advice of an attorney. He or she can explain your options and may be able to assist you with your case. With this guidance, you can focus on your recovery while still pursuing the justice and compensation you deserve.

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