In 1970, there were approximately 14,000 fatalities on the job throughout the nation, and some were probably here in Kansas. Then-president Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law. That same Act protects you in the workplace with OSHA-written and enforced safety standards nationwide. Whether you work in an office or on a scaffold 100 feet in the air, your employer is obligated to adhere to the standards set to keep your risk of injury as low as possible.
The law expects your employer to provide you with proper training and all the equipment necessary to keep you safe at work. Most employers are also obligated to purchase insurance through which you may file a claim to collect benefits if you suffer injury during work hours.