No matter where you work, there is a chance that you could be injured if an accident occurs. Some jobs come with more risks than others, but as many employees in Illinois know, unfortunate incidents can occur anywhere, at any time. With any luck, this will only be minor and you will escape unharmed. Unfortunately, this might not be the case and you could be left with serious injuries.
In general, many accidents can be prevented by predetermined safety measures. Your employer has a duty to provide a safe working environment and this includes taking steps to identify and control potential hazards. You should be trained to deal with any dangers that form part of your job, and provided with the necessary equipment to protect you from such hazards.
If your employer neglects to carry out any of these steps, you can take the matter to the next level by contacting OSHA. This also applies if you are injured at work or detect a hazard and your employer refuses to acknowledge the matter. This organization may be able to send an inspector to determine whether there are issues in your workplace that need to be addressed. If you have been harmed, you might also be entitled to workers’ compensation.
If you are concerned about the safety standards in your place of work, you might benefit from visiting our page on workplace safety. An attorney may also be able to offer valuable advice on your situation, explaining the options available to you if you intend to take legal action. He or she might also be able to assist you with your claim and help you pursue the compensation you deserve if you have been injured at work.