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Suing for a Work Injury

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 8th, 2010

There are a host of federal regulations and laws that try to ensure safe workplaces. An employer has an obligation to their employees to provide as safe as possible a workplace. There are some jobs, of course, that are very dangerous but, even in these cases, there are regulations that apply. When safety equipment cannot be used, there should be fallbacks for workers for dangerous jobs. Training is one of the most important examples of these fallback measures. If you were hurt on the job, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury attorney if you weren’t given training or safety equipment.

In dangerous jobs, there are sometimes accommodations made for the nature of the work where regulations are concerned. For example, the workers who do repairs on radio towers aren’t required to tie off at every rung on the ladders because of the time involved. These workers, however, are very highly-trained and understand the risks they take when they ascend. Problems arise when employers try to save money by skimping on training and by failing to provide safety equipment for workers. They also have to provide information about every hazardous chemical used on the job site, which is provided on what is called a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Sometimes, the lowest-paying jobs are the most dangerous of all. The aforementioned tower climbers are skilled professionals who command high wages. After all, it’s not easy to find people willing to ascend 1,000 feet on a tower! Unskilled laborers, however, are oftentimes put in even more dangerous situations. Being made to work on scaffolding or a ladder without proper tie-off equipment is a good example of this. You can see this for yourself, in many cases, by watching construction sites and other jobs where unskilled laborers are oftentimes employed. These workers, even if they don’t command high wages, do have rights.

If you’ve been injured on a worksite and weren’t provided with the tools needed to ensure your own safety, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer. They may be able to help you file a lawsuit that could get you compensation for your pain, suffering and medical expenses. Employers who don’t take care of their employees and make sure that the workplace is safe put too many people at risk. If you’ve suffered because of them, make sure to consult with an attorney.

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