If unsafe work conditions discussed with your employer haven't been addressed, you may need to file a formal complaint on the federal level. You can report unsafe conditions at your worksite by filing a complaint through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  

You can file a complaint with OSHA in 1 of 3 ways:
  • Online - these complaints are submitted to OSHA area and regional offices, and will very likely result in an onsite inspection.
  • Mail/fax - you'll download this form online or pick one up at your area OSHA office, fill it out and return it back to your closest OSHA office. You'll confidentially include your name, telephone number and address for an OSHA representative to follow up with you.
  • Phone - you can call your nearest OSHA regional or area office and speak to a staff member about the unsafe work conditions and your concern of an impending worksite accident. 

Keep in mind, you really only need to file an OSHA complaint if you've discussed the unsafe work conditions with your employer and the problem wasn't immediately corrected.

Sometimes, unsafe work conditions are so severe that a worksite accident could result in severe injury or death. If this is the case, you actually have the right under OSHA standard 1977.12(b) to refuse to work. This is really only applicable when you have reported unsafe work conditions to OSHA, but the conditions are so severe there isn't time for OSHA to do an inspection and go through the normal enforcement process.

You can also refuse to work when your employer has not addressed the unsafe work conditions you reported, and there is a clear danger of severe injury or death.

If you've been injured in a Georgia worksite accident because of unsafe work conditions, you do have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact an Atlanta worksite injury lawyer for more information on your legal options under the Georgia Workers' Compensation program.

Contacting an Atlanta Worksite Injury Lawyer

If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a worksite accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by Georgia Workers' Compensation. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you deserve to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.