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Our blogs this week discussed the inherent dangers present on construction sites. Have you ever encountered a potentially dangerous condition at your workplace, even if you do not work at a construction site? According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), there are rules that allow you to refuse to work in a dangerous environment if you meet all of the requirements.
If you encounter a potentially harmful or deadly condition at work, the first thing you should do is report it to your employer. You can also file a report with OSHA, but if the danger is immediate, OSHA will not have time to investigate. If this is the case, you can refuse to work if you do all of the following:
If you satisfy all of the above, the DOL says you can:
Finally yet importantly, your employer cannot retaliate against you if you follow the above requirements. Is there a dangerous or deadly condition where you work?