Is There a General Duty Relevant to Workplace Safety?

A definitive answer to the above-posed headline query in today’s blog post can be quickly supplied.

And it is this: There is indeed a legal onus placed upon employers in Connecticut and nationally to provide an environment that safeguards employees against work-linked accidents and injuries.

All states, including Connecticut, have myriad state-authored rules and regulations that promote problem-free workplaces. An experienced employment law attorney can cite these enactments and help a client – whether an employer or employee – determine their relevance and applicability in a given case.

We note on our website at the experienced employment law firm of Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah that there is also a vast compendium of federal law geared toward safety promotion in America’s workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s General Duty Clause is a long-established and mainstay provision in that regard.

We stress on our site that, at its core, the general duty clause mandates that employers foster and maintain a safe work environment “free from hazards that could cause serious harm or death.”

That dictate sounds both reasonable and eminently doable, right? American workers unquestionably have a justifiable expectation of basic safety when they enter their employer’s domain.

The duty is implicitly premised upon a reciprocal obligation aimed at workers. Namely, they are tasked with paying due attention to relevant rules and guidelines implemented for their benefit.

Questions or concerns regarding any aspect of workplace safety, from the perspective of either an employer or a worker, can be directed to a proven employment law attorney.