We write frequently about the fact that despite numerous safety-related regulations, the American workplace remains hazardous. Thankfully, certain hazards may be mitigated if they are properly understood. As a result and for a number of other reasons, it is important that workers report any work-related injuries and occupational illnesses that they may suffer.
Safety organizations and federal regulators cannot help prevent future injuries to other workers if they do not have a clear understanding of the hazards currently affecting American workers. Second, it is important that any negligence on the part of employers is addressed properly for the benefit of all the employers’ workers. Finally, it is important to report work-related injuries in order to receive proper treatment, compensation and time to rest whenever these measures are warranted.
Unfortunately, a newly released survey conducted by Findlaw indicates that approximately one out of every 10 workers injured on the job has failed to report an injury or occupational illness due to fears that this reporting would result in wrongful termination, harassment, lack of advancement opportunities or other forms of retaliation.
These fears are understandable. However, failing to report work-related injuries and illnesses can both harm directly affected workers and all other workers employed in similar positions. As a result, it is important for workers to seek the advice of experienced attorneys if they have been hurt or made ill on the job but are ultimately too afraid of retaliation to report this harm. Experienced attorneys can help workers navigate the system and better ensure that their rights are protected and respected.
Source: Findlaw Injured, “How Many Workplace Injuries Go Unreported?” Brett Snider, Dec. 20, 2013