If you have ever had an accident at work, you already know what an inconvenience it can be. It is something that affects employees in Pennsylvania every year, leaving many with serious injuries that not only reduce their productivity, but can even prevent them from returning to work for a considerable amount of time. Some workplace accidents are unavoidable, no matter how diligent you are. However, others are the result of negligence on the part of your colleagues or employer.
Whatever the case, you might be entitled to compensation. In general, if you are hurt while carrying out the duties of your position, you are likely to be covered by workers' compensation laws. This is all very well, but ultimately it is better if you can avoid injury altogether. As such, if you notice a potential hazard in your place of work, it is important to report it as soon as possible.
As this article on workplace safety points out, your employer has certain obligations to meet in order to comply with occupational safety regulations. If you feel that any breaches of the Occupational Safety and Health Act are present in your workplace, you have the right to report them and even to request an inspection from OSHA. You should also contact OSHA if your employer is failing to remedy a hazard that they have been made aware of.
Even after all this, you could still become the victim of a workplace accident. If so, it is important to know your rights. An attorney can advise you about your options and may also be able to assist you if you decide to file a claim for compensation.