One of the most perplexing issues attorneys in North Carolina often address is how little the state’s workers know about their safety rights. In many cases, injured workers even blame themselves when something completely out of their control causes a workplace injury. In today’s still-recovering economy, employees hesitate to “make waves” at work because they need their jobs and want to keep them indefinitely.
While this is easy to understand, it is crucial for those employed in the state to know that no job is worth a serious injury or death. Under the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers are required to provide their workers with safe working conditions in an environment free of known dangers. This means you cannot legally be fired from your job for taking any action about your unsafe working conditions.
The act allows you to request an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection of your workplace if you believe it is not safe. You can also review the results of safety tests performed in your workplace as well as records showing the history of work-related illnesses and injuries. This important act is in place to protect you while you are performing your work, but perhaps more importantly, it will also protect you from retaliation or discrimination if you file a complaint with OSHA.
Despite this protection, retaliation and discrimination still occurs in some situations. This is when North Carolina workers should consider speaking with an attorney about their case. Learn more about workplace safety, workers’ compensation and workplace injuries at the website of Greensboro’s Jay Gervasi law firm.