If you feel your employer is not protecting your right to a safe workplace or work environment, consult our unsafe workplace attorneys in Tampa to file a claim. Our experienced workplace injury attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett can help you understand your legal rights and take the necessary steps to obtain the rightful compensation if you have suffered an injury or illness because of an unsafe workplace.

Working Under Hazardous Conditions in Florida

Employers should provide their workers with safe working conditions, which includes posting safety notices and providing appropriate safety training. OSHA rules and standards cover essentials, such as:

  • Protective clothing
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Material storage protocols
  • Fire protection

If your employer allows an unsafe condition to kill or injure an employee, they may lose compensation protection. This means you can sue the employer without any limit on damages. The capable attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett will review your case and identify whether it qualifies for protection under the National Labor Relations Board.

Types of Workplace Hazards in Florida

Specific industries like mining, refineries, logging, construction, and ironworking have higher risks than others. Thousands of workers get injured each year due to avoidable unsafe workplace conditions. These are a few common hazards:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Electrocution and electrical injury risks
  • Toxic exposure risks
  • Loading and unloading injury risks
  • Burn injury hazards
  • Heavy machinery malfunction risks
  • Getting hit by a heavy or moving object

Responding to Safety Hazards

Under Florida law, every worker deserves to go to a safe workplace free of:

  • Toxins
  • Hazards
  • Untrained co-workers or supervisors
  • Defective products
  • Dangerous machinery
  • Potential for violence

Imminent danger

If the safety hazard poses an imminent danger, you should report the conditions immediately and directly to OSHA. You have the right to refuse work under the following conditions:

  • You believe, in good faith, that the workplace conditions pose a substantial and immediate risk of death or severe injury
  • Your employer knows of the hazardous condition and doesn’t want to fix it
  • Your employer is aware of your concerns but has failed to offer a reasonable alternative

However, thinking clearly in such times can be difficult, and you may worry about losing your job. This makes it prudent to work with a qualified premises liability attorney.

No imminent danger

Address your concerns about hazardous working conditions directly with the employer, even if it doesn’t pose any immediate threat. Your first step should be to inform them in writing; if they fail to do anything, you should file a complaint with OSHA.

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