Rights of Construction Workers Injured on the Job
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Construction sites rank among one of the most dangerous workplaces in New Jersey. Construction workers often have to work in precarious positions such as exposed heights, with power tools and machinery, using potentially hazardous or toxic materials and substances. If you or a loved one were injured while working on a construction site, you may be wondering what the rights of construction workers injured on the job are.
Fortunately, laws and regulations provide construction workers with rights to ensure a safe workplace and rights to compensation and benefits after being injured on the job. For over 35 years, the attorneys of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have fought to protect the rights and interests of construction workers in Union County and throughout New Jersey who take on the difficult, dangerous work of construction. Our legal team is ready to help you understand your rights for seeking a safer place to work if you believe you are having to face unreasonable hazards at work, and for seeking financial benefits and compensation when you are injured on the job.
You shouldn’t have to delay pursuing financial compensation and benefits after suffering an injury in your construction job. Contact us for a free case evaluation to learn more about your rights after your injury from one of our experienced New Jersey work injury attorneys.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a federal agency tasked with promoting workplace safety, ensures that construction workers are provided with certain legal rights to help them have a safe working environment. Some of the workplace safety rights afforded to construction workers under federal and state regulations include:
You have the right to have your employer take reasonable steps to provide you with a workspace free of hazards, including informing you of all health and safety standards that may apply to your particular place of work or job duties. In addition, you have the right to be informed about your rights and benefits under state and federal law; employers typically do this by posting signs in a conspicuous place in your workplace that explain your rights.
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If you believe that your employer is maintaining an unsafe workplace, intentionally or otherwise, you also have the right to file a complaint with OSHA or with state regulators and to request an inspection of your workplace.
Finally, you have the right to be free from retaliation by your employer if you seek to enforce any of your rights under health and safety regulations, including if you report safety concerns to government agencies. This means your employer cannot terminate you, demote you, reduce your pay, deny you a promotion, or assign you to less desirable tasks as punishment for exercising your rights.
Construction is dangerous work. You have certain rights under state and federal law to help keep your construction site safer and reduce the risk that you are injured on the job. When you are having trouble enforcing your rights to a safe work environment, our experienced work injury attorneys can help, including by:
You deserve to know what your rights are when it comes to having a safe place to work as a construction worker. Let our firm help you assert your legal rights.
Construction sites rank among some of the most dangerous workplaces in New Jersey. If you are a construction worker who has been injured on the job, it is critical that you understand your rights so that you receive the full compensation and benefits you need and deserve. Contact Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC today for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our knowledgeable New Jersey work injury lawyers to discuss your options and to learn more about how our firm can advocate for your rights and interests.
Terminating an employee in response to the employee’s exercise of their rights may constitute unlawful retaliation and wrongful termination. If you were terminated from your job after exercising your rights under state or federal labor and workplace safety laws, contact us to discuss the details of your case with one of our experienced laws. We may be able to help you hold your employer accountable for wrongfully terminating you from your employment.
Typically, the workers’ compensation system does not permit an injured employee to file an injury lawsuit against their employer for a work injury. The workers’ compensation system is usually an injured worker’s sole claim against their employer, even if the work injury was caused by the employer’s failure to maintain a safe workplace. However, an injured worker may get around an employer’s immunity from a personal injury lawsuit if they can show that the employer intentionally or wantonly caused the worker’s injury; for example, if the employer intentionally withheld safety equipment.