Your employer is required to follow safety guidelines set in place by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These regulations are for the workers' safety, and your employer can be punished and fined if it fails to implement them. If you notice anything that you know—or think—could be a hazard at your workplace, bring it to your supervisor’s attention immediately. But what do you do if your employer fails to correct the problem?
Fortunately, there are resources available to you. You are always free to file a complaint with OSHA online
. Your employer cannot terminate you legally for filing a complaint with OSHA. If you are in a labor union, contact your union steward. The steward should be well equipped to handle all of these issues as well.
Do not be afraid to speak up. It is in your best interest and the best interest of all of your coworkers. Not taking action can risk a serious workplace injury or death.
Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC—Columbus workers comp attorneys.