What constitutes unsafe working conditions?

| Apr 3, 2020 | Construction Accidents

While on a construction site, you will likely encounter situations that make it precarious to continue work as usual. These issues can put a strain on your patience and may even put you in physical danger.

By knowing signs of unsafe working conditions, you can prevent yourself or someone else from getting injured.

Not following federal laws

Some of the most important workers’ safety guidelines for businesses come from OSHA, or the Occupational Health and Safety Act. OSHA details the standards that businesses must comply to in order to be safe for those working there, such as procedures for major injuries, hazards, and illnesses.

Businesses must have a list of past incidents that happened on-site. Events such as injuries to employees and contact with unsafe hazardous materials should be on file. In addition, safety training is a requirement in most places. If any of these elements are missing in a workplace, the company may be liable for lawsuits.

Immediate danger

You are not expected to work in any situation that could cause serious physical injury. Unsafe conditions can happen because of many reasons, such as a broken machine or risky task. It is the employer’s duty to find a way to fix the situation or to find another way to perform the task that does not cause danger for an employee’s safety.

When this occurs, there may not be enough time to alert a higher authority about the problem. You have a right to refuse to complete a task, as long it is in good faith that you believe the issue actually is a serious risk to your health. Once the employer has provided an alternate opportunity to work safety, you must continue to perform your job.