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Workers’ Rights: Speak Out About Job Safety

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CA workers rights lawyerIn any job, there are hazards you may encounter in fulfilling certain tasks that could put you at risk for accidents and injuries. Some job fields and occupations are inherently more dangerous than others, and it is important for employees in these situations to be aware of their rights. Employment laws in California require that certain safety standards be met and provide a clear path for workers to voice their concerns or complaints.

Your Rights on the Job

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the national agency responsible for ensuring job standards and protecting workers. They require employers to provide a workplace free of certain hazardous substances while regulating safety practices.

OSHA conducts routine inspections, provides educational workshops, and may cite employers for failing to adhere to the proper standards. They also require employers to post public notices informing workers of their rights, which include:

  • The right to a safe workplace.
  • To voice your safety concerns to your supervisor or employer.
  • To receive safety training and education about hazards that may be present on your job site.
  • To be provided the appropriate safety equipment.
  • To participate in OSHA inspections.
  • To see any citations issued against your employer.
  • To file a complaint if you feel your rights have been violated.

Protecting Workers in San Jose

For workers in San Jose and throughout the state, additional protections are provided through the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). Working in conjunction with the state OSHA program, this agency helps to ensure workers are protected and stands behind them when they speak out about on the job safety concerns.

The DIR defends and protects the rights of workers to refuse jobs or duties which could put their health in jeopardy, requires employers to release records pertaining to potential hazards, and ensures programs are in place to provide health care and benefits in the event on the job accidents and injuries do occur. It also protects workers who speak out about job dangers from being terminated or facing other types of retaliation. If you have a complaint, they recommend making sure to get the following information:

  • The name and address of the employer and the location of the job site;
  • Exactly where a hazard is located;
  • When hazardous conditions occur, whether a specific time and date or when participating in certain activities;
  • A description of the hazard, with as many details as you can give.

Examples include poorly maintained machinery or tools that are missing safety guards, defects in warehouses or other property, hazardous substances, or problems with safety equipment.

Let Us Help You Today

At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we know the courage it takes to speak out against an employer about conditions on the job and the potential retaliation you could face. We act as a strong legal ally on your side, making sure your rights are protected. To discuss the options in your situation, reach out and contact our skilled San Jose employment law attorneys by calling 408-246-5500 to request a confidential consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3165.pdf

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/documents/health-and-safety-rights-for-workers.pdf

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