California employers are always trying to get as much out of their workers as they can, while spending as little as possible at the same time. This combination can result in dangerous working conditions when an employer tries to cut corners by not spending the money required to keep their premises safe. This can result in serious injuries to workers.
Employers in California have a legal responsibility to provide a healthy and safe work environment so their employees do not face unnecessary risks while on the job. Nevertheless, it seems that some employers fail to fulfill their legal responsibilities in this regard. Here are some examples of common workplace dangers, for which employers could be liable:
Inappropriately constructed scaffolds: A poorly constructed scaffold can cause workers to fall and get seriously injured in the event of a collapse. For this reason, employers are required to ensure that all scaffolds are safe, properly constructed and free of dangers.
Dangerous elevators: Construction workers are often forced to use elevators that are poorly maintained or poorly constructed. When a problematic elevator causes a worker to get hurt, the worker could have a viable claim to pursue damages in court.
Asbestos exposure: Any employer that requires an employee to work with asbestos must ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to avoid the dangerous health complications associated with asbestos exposure.
Did you suffer an injury or contract a serious illness as a result of unsafe working conditions? In addition to pursuing a workers' compensation claim, you may also be able to seek personal injury damages from a negligent California employer.