All employees should feel confident that their workplace is safe and free from any hazards. A poor work environment can hinder employee performance, have negative health impacts, and increase the risk of injury or illness.
In 2017, there were 174,216 work injury and illness cases reported to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, according to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety Annual Report. The number of cases climbed by 15,046 from the previous year. Work-related fatalities also increased from 77 in 2016 to 82 in 2017.
To minimize or eliminate workplace injuries and accidents and ensure work conditions are safe and healthful, federal and state laws have been enforced. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), a federal law administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), requires employers to provide a workplace that is free from hazards. The Act covers nearly all employees with some exceptions, including self-employed workers and public employees in state and local governments. However, many states have similar workplace safety plans that cover public employees. Pennsylvania’s General Safety Law also requires that employers provide a workplace that is safe for employees and employers must take all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of their employees.
To help you understand your employer’s obligations in providing a safe work environment, the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates offer this infographic that lists an employer’s key responsibilities under the OSH Act.
An unsafe workplace not only impacts employees, but customers, visitors, vendors, and contractors as well. Employers that do not practice good health and safety practices risk losing business, money, and customers.
If you have suffered a workplace injury, our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers will help you understand your legal rights and recover the compensation you deserve. Call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our contact form online to schedule a free consultation today.