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Do workers have the right to report workplace injuries?

On Behalf of | Aug 20, 2014 | Workplace Injuries

Every worker has the right to a safe workplace in Pennsylvania and across the entire United States. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 ensures that no worker should suffer from serious injuries or fatalities at their workplace, and it makes the employer responsible for providing their workers with a workplace safe from known dangers and hazards.

The employer must follow the standards set forth by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration to ascertain that the workplace is free of hazards. OSHA has different standards for construction, maritime, agriculture and other industries. Those standards require the employer to monitor hazards, limit the time that the worker can be exposed to dangerous chemicals and require the use of safe equipment and practices at work. Additionally, the employer must maintain records related to injuries and illnesses suffered by workers.

According to the law, workers are entitled to receive information on hazards that they may encounter in the workplace. They are also entitled to training in various disciplines to prevent injuries. If the workers notice that their workplace does not follow the safety rules established by OSHA, they may request that OSHA inspect the workplace. The worker can also ask OSHA to keep the details confidential while reporting such issues. However, if the employer discriminates against the workers, since they exercised their rights they are entitled to take suitable action against the employer.

The worker also has a right to report any workplace injury or illness. The employer is required to establish a process in which the injuries and illnesses can be reported. It is also the responsibility of the employer to ensure that any practices followed in the workplace do not discourage workers from reporting an on-the-job injury. If the employer discriminates against a worker for reporting an injury or illness, the worker can report the matter to OSHA within 30 days of the alleged retaliation.

Source:, “Workers,” accessed on Aug. 12, 2014

Source:, “Workers,” accessed on Aug. 12, 2014


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