Construction workers face several occupational hazards. They are at risk for injury by falling debris or material handling, falls, and electric shocks. Workers also suffer from the dangers of being overexposed to hazardous chemicals that can cause illnesses such as asthma and cancer. If you are injured on the job in any way, you must know what your rights are as an employee so you can file a claim with your employer if necessary.
1) What rights do construction workers have?
Construction workers are entitled to certain rights at the workplace. These include the right to safe and sanitary working conditions, a 40-hour workweek with overtime pay for hours over 40 per week, and mandatory time off. They also receive protection from discrimination or harassment based on sex, race, disability status, age, or religion. Onsite construction workers are also entitled to these rights and have the right not to be subjected to hazardous conditions.
Construction workers’ safety is something that should always come first. Unfortunately, most construction jobs do not offer a safe work environment for their employees, which needs to change.
2) What should I do if my rights were violated?
If you feel your rights are violated, do not hesitate to speak up and file a claim. You can request an investigation by filing a complaint with OSHA or the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). These complaints will be investigated by agencies that have jurisdiction over such violations.
3) When should I file a complaint?
If you are not sure whether your rights were violated, or if they may be at risk in the future (i.e., by way of new construction), it is best to file a complaint as soon as possible so that OSHA can conduct an investigation and take appropriate action before any potential violations occur.
If you believe your employer has committed negligence, then instead of trying to fight a battle by yourself, hire a personal injury lawyer like Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers in your area and ask him to represent your case in the courtroom. Doing so will increase your chances of winning the claim and save a lot of your time and energy throughout the claim filing procedure.