When to Say “No” to Working in Dangerous Environments
Most companies strive to create safe environments for their employees to work in. Sometimes, however, businesses ignore this and create spaces that are hazardous instead. This is not only immoral, it is illegal because every person has the right to a healthy working environment. If you or someone you know has found yourself working in a dangerous environment, what should you do about it? Do you have grounds for legal action?
If you are asked to work in a dangerous environment, then you absolutely have grounds for action. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you should pursue a worker’s compensation, unless of course you’ve been injured on the job, but it does mean that you should notify legal authorities for violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the national organization that regulates safe working environments, so they would be the first to inform.
You should not, on the other hand, quit your job right away if asked to work in a dangerous environment. If you feel that your health is at severe risk, you will of course want to be careful while working or call out of work, but quitting the job may invalidate any claims you have to making the changes to the environment.
Ultimately, a safe working space is a right that all workers should have protected. You have every right to decline to work in such an environment and seek compensation if you have been injured while working in such a place. When you do, or if you need further advice, the Franco Law Firm is here to help. For more information and to schedule a free consultation with us, please call (813) 872-0929.