Lancaster Unsafe Work Environment Attorneys
If an unsafe work environment injures you or a loved one, call Pisegna & Zimmerman to find out if you are entitled to compensation. We will meet with you and evaluate your case for free. At Pisegna & Zimmerman, our attorneys are:
- Tough, smart negotiators who work on your behalf to protect your legal rights
- Willing and able to represent you through settlement, and trial if necessary
- Possessed of the resources and knowledge to secure maximum recovery for your injuries
Pisegna & Zimmerman have more than 60 years of combined legal experience successfully representing our clients. Contact us today to discuss how we can help map a plan for your recovery.
How can a Lancaster Unsafe Work Environment Attorney Help my Case?
When you or a loved one are injured as a result of an unsafe work environment, a skilled unsafe work environment lawyer can help you in several ways to ensure you recover the damages you deserve. Unsafe work environment attorneys, like those at Pisegna & Zimmerman, can support your case by:
- Gathering evidence of the dangerous condition
- Taking depositions of coworkers, your employer and management
- Finding and hiring any needed expert witnesses
- Taking the deposition of the OSHA investigator
- Procuring records from your employer and OSHA documenting safety violations
Never accept a settlement offer from your employer without first meeting with an unsafe work environment lawyer. The unsafe work environment and personal injury attorneys at Pisegna & Zimmerman can aid you in determining what your case is worth, and what needs to be included in any settlement for your future well-being.
What is OSHA?
Federal and state laws demand employers to provide a safe workplace. A worker may report any unsafe working conditions to their employer and the federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). There are rare cases when a worker may refuse to work.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act is a federal statute requiring employers to keep a workplace that is free from dangerous health and safety conditions that can cause illness, injury, or death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, enforces this act and establishes work safety standards. OSHA applies to private employers that conduct business through interstate commerce.
OSHA is designed to protect workers from:
- One-time injuries
- Illnesses caused by unsafe health conditions in the workplace
- Recognized hazards that may cause death or serious injury
- Employers are responsible for abiding by workplace safety standards and must:
- Provide a workplace free of health and safety hazards that can cause death or severe injury
- Post an OSHA job safety notice in the workplace
- Keep a record of injuries, deaths, and exposure to a hazardous material
- Provide safety training if necessary
OSHA sets safety standards that include provisions for the storage of hazardous chemicals, equipment maintenance, fire protection, and protective clothing.
Can I be Forced to Work in an Unsafe Work Environment?
Any worker who is forced to work in either unhealthy or unsafe conditions should immediately report them to their employer. The employee can file a complaint with OSHA at any time. According to OSHA, no worker can leave their job site simply because they deem it to be unsafe or fear that it could make them ill.
A worker can refuse work or walk off the job if all of the following occur:
- There is a fear of a real danger of someone becoming sick, getting hurt or dying that exists
- Any potential risk must be clear in a way that any reasonable person would be able to foresee it
- A worker notifies their employer of the potential imminent danger that they face, but the employer has ignored the notification
- There must be too little time to correct the known hazard through standard enforcement approaches
If you are dealing with an unsafe work environment or suffered a job injury, you can benefit from the advice of one of the experienced unsafe work environment lawyers at Pisegna & Zimmerman. Our attorneys will help determine your legal rights and whether a lawsuit or settlement is best in your interests.