ON THE JOB INJURIES REDUCED BUT STILL HAPPENING
Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. Since the OSHA laws were passed in the 1970s, workplace injuries have been significantly reduced in Minnesota and across the country. Nonetheless, workplace accidents still happen and employers are still required to have workers compensation insurance to compensate their employees.
OSHA is available to answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to the OSHA Offices by State webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Small business employers may contact OSHA’s free and confidential On-Site Consultation program to help determine whether there are hazards at their work-site and work with OSHA on correcting any identified hazards. Consultants in this program from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. On-Site Consultation services are separate from enforcement activities and do not result in penalties or citations.
Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Workers can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), online via eComplaint Form, or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to the local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by a worker are more likely to result in an inspection. If you think your job is unsafe or if you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Your contact will be kept confidential. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers’ Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA’s Workers’ page.
Our injury attorneys do not directly handle workers compensation claims, but we do handle work accidents caused by a third party. For example if there is a defective machine on the job site that injuries someone, we would sue the manufacturer. If a property owners creates or allows a dangerous condition on their property that injures a visiting worker (such as an exposed wire that electrocutes someone), our lawyers would sue the property owner. There are too many other examples of third party claims to list them all, but if you are injured at work in MN please call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. We will refer you to a top workers compensation lawyer and discuss with you whether you have a potential case against a third party that we can pursue for you.