Speak Up About Construction Safety Without Fear

Q

I have questions about whether my construction site is safe, but I’m afraid that if I speak up I will lose my job. What should I do?

A

You are in a difficult position, but the law allows you to speak up about your safety concerns and keep your job. You shouldn’t have to choose between making a living and staying safe.

Accordingly, Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act prohibits employers from discriminating against workers who raise safety concerns with their employer, who request an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation, who participate in safety investigations, or who engage in other protected activities.

What This Means for You

This section of the law means that you can speak to your employer or to OSHA about your safety concerns and that your employer can not :

  • Fire you
  • Reduce your hours
  • Blacklist you or prevent you from working in the construction industry
  • Demote you
  • Deny you overtime
  • Deny you a promotion
  • Threaten or intimidate you
  • Fail to rehire you
  • Reduce your pay

In other words, the law recognizes that you have the right to protect your safety and your income. You shouldn’t have to choose between the two.

What If Your Employer Doesn’t Follow the Law?

If your employer has failed to follow local, state or federal safety regulations on your Yonkers, White Plains, or other New York construction site and you were hurt as a result then it is important to find out more about your rights. Please read our FREE brochure, Hurt in a Construction Site? You’re Not Alone, to learn more.

We also invite you to share this FAQ on your Facebook page or with your friends in the construction field. If everyone knows their rights and speaks up to protect themselves then, perhaps, fewer construction workers will be hurt.