Construction sites are dangerous places to work, but that does not mean that you do not have a right to a reasonably safe workplace. No matter what your job requirements are, you would be wise to know your rights to safety and your employer’s obligation to protect your safety as much as possible.
Without the enforcement of safety standards, proper training and safety equipment, Nebraska construction workers face an increased risk of accidents and injuries that are a result of unnecessary hazards. If you suffered an injury while working on a construction site, you have the right to benefits and medical care. By filing a workers’ compensation claim, you can get the support you need and deserve.
What should your employer do?
Employers have a special obligation to protect the interests of their workers. There are certain things that they must do according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, including the following:
- Employers should provide the equipment and training that workers need.
- They should ensure that there are no unnecessary hazards that could compromise worker safety.
- They should ensure that all employees know safety rules and standards.
- All employees should get safety training in a language they understand, as well information about potential job-site hazards.
When employers make the effort to protect worker safety, it can lead to better and safer work sites, as well as a lower number of construction site accidents.
What do you need to know?
As an employee, you have the right to know safety standards and to receive proper safety training. You also should know your employer’s procedures in the event that a construction site accident occurs and you need to file a workers’ compensation claim. Additionally, your employer cannot retaliate against you in any way for reporting hazards or filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Getting better after a construction accident
As an injured construction site employee, you have the right to a full and fair recovery. This may include restitution for some of your lost wages, medical care and continued rehabilitation needs. If a construction accident happens, you have the right to whatever you need to get better and get back to work.
You may feel unsure of where to begin after an accident at your jobsite. If you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, you may begin by seeking a complete evaluation of your case in order to better understand the legal options available to you.