It is important to stay safe while you are working. Pay attention during your trainings on the job and be informed of how to work safely to avoid accidents. Check out this quick guide of how to avoid muscle injuries at work.
Accidents do happen so if they do, know that the law protects you. Read this comic to be informed about how you are covered by worker’s compensation insurance.
Under federal law, you are entitled to a safe workplace. Your employer must provide a workplace free of known health and safety hazards. If you have concerns, you have the right to speak up about them without fear of retaliation. You also have the right to:
- Be trained in a language you understand
- Work on machines that are safe
- Be provided required safety gear, such as gloves or a harness and lifeline for falls
- Be protected from toxic chemicals
- Request an OSHA inspection, and speak to the inspector
- Report an injury or illness, and get copies of your medical records
- See copies of the workplace injury and illness log
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
- Get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace
Safety and Health Complaint
If you believe working conditions are unsafe or unhealthful, you may file a confidential complaint with OSHA and ask for an inspection. If possible, bring the conditions to your employer’s attention.
Click on OSHA website link below for how to file a complaint
Protection from Retaliation
It is illegal for an employer to fire, demote, transfer or otherwise retaliate against a worker for using their rights under the law. If you believe you have been retaliated against in any way, file a whistleblower complaint within 30 days of the alleged retaliation.*
*Information courtesy of OSHA
To ask about a health and safety issue at your workplace, discuss your rights, or learn more about OSHA, please contact us. Your information will be kept confidential. Call us toll-free at 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA or contact your nearest OSHA office below.
Western WI: Eau Claire Area Office
1310 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Phone: (715) 832-9019
Phone: (715) 832-114
Minnesota OSHA Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (MNOSHA)
443 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155-4307
Phone: (651) 284-5050
Phone: (877) 470-6742
Phone: (651) 284-5741