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Taking action against unsafe work conditions

Whether you have been employed for a long time or not, employees in North Carolina and elsewhere expect certain level of care and consideration in the work environment. In other words, employees assume that they are working under safe working conditions in a safe work environment; however, this is not always the case. No matter the industry, ad employee could encounter unsafe work conditions.

When an employee believes that they are working in an unsafe work environment or under unsafe work conditions, it is important to take steps to correct this matter. This might look like filing a complaint, talking to your employer or even reporting violations to the state or federal government.

If an employer refuses to make changes or comply with current safety regulations, an employee could refuse to work. However, this is likely to generate additional hardships for the worker. An employee could refuse to work, but this may not do anything to change the condition. The Occupational Safety and Health Act, which requires employers to maintain ad workplace that is free of dangerous conditions that could impact the health and wellbeing of employees.

The OSHA is intended to protect worker from injuries, illnesses and recognized hazards that could cause death or serious injuries. The Act is also used to provide a workplace that is free from health and safety hazards. If an injury is caused by unsafe work conditions, OSHA will record the incident, noting any injuries, deaths and exposures to hazardous materials.

Employees harmed in a workplace accident caused by unsafe work conditions in the workplace should understand their rights. While it is possible to file a personal injury claim against negligent party, especially if it was a third party and not the employer that caused the dangerous condition, an injured worker is more likely to collect compensation through workers' compensation benefits.

Source:, "Protecting Yourself from Unsafe Working Conditions," accessed Oct. 1, 2017

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