Once you find a job that enables you to provide for your family, you probably try to avoid anything that might jeopardize your employment. In many cases, this might mean putting up with some things you do not like. Most jobs come with little annoyances that disrupt the day, but these are nothing when compared with situations that put your health or your life at risk.
Most employers fear workplace injuries just as much as their workers do. When an employee suffers an injury, it can affect a business in many ways. For example, it could cause the employer’s insurance rates to rise or have a negative effect on the company’s reputation.
Nonetheless, some Tennessee employers choose to throw caution to the wind and hope for the best instead of correcting hazardous working environments. This might mean failing to repair faulty electrical systems or not providing workers with safety gear and equipment. In already dangerous industries like construction and warehousing, this is a recipe for disaster.
Even though you can receive workers’ compensation benefits if you do suffer workplace injuries, hazardous conditions may still exist. This puts your coworkers and you at risk for future injuries. Employees concerned about future injuries can contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) office to file a complaint. Workers who choose this option have federal protection against employer retaliation. To be clear, this means your boss cannot fire you or mistreat you for filing a complaint.
In addition to contacting OSHA, it may be wise to seek attorney representation to ensure that your employer does not retaliate against you for filing your complaint. Working with a lawyer provides you with ongoing protection while your complaint is under investigation, enabling you to continue working and providing for your family safely.