If you are an employee in Pennsylvania, the chances are that you will be aware of many of the potential hazards of your job. Depending on your line of work, this could be an extensive list. However, in many professions it can be hard to think of ways you are likely to get hurt at work. Even so, accidents can happen anywhere, to anyone, so it is important to know your rights in case you become the victim of such an event.
In just about any job there is the danger of slipping and falling. Similarly, many professions involve the use of machines or other equipment that can be dangerous if it malfunctions. Even the building you work in may be dangerous if poorly constructed or maintained. Ceiling fans or light fittings could fall, panes may drop out of windows or railings may come loose from staircases. If you spot any such hazard in your place of work, it is important to report it as soon as possible.
Your employer has a duty to provide a safe working environment and adequate equipment and training to protect you from any necessary hazards of the job. If this is not done, and you are injured as a result of this negligence, you may have grounds to make a claim for workers’ compensation. In fact, even if no negligence was involved, if you were harmed while doing your job, you might still be entitled to support of this nature.
Our page on Workplace Injuries has more detailed information on what you can do if you have been involved in an accident at work. An attorney may also be able to provide invaluable advice on the options available to you and assist you if you decide to pursue remuneration for your injuries.