Pennsylvania workers and others who work in meat or poultry facilities may fear retaliation from their employers. This may prevent them from reporting injuries or other unsafe conditions that they experience while on the job. According to a survey from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, OSHA may have a harder time helping employees because they won’t reach out for assistance because they fear they’ll lose their jobs if they do.
Common complaints among employees that were interviewed include a lack of access to restrooms and medical care where they worked. In some cases, workers wore diapers because they didn’t think that they would be able to get to a bathroom on time. Oxfam America also released a report saying that fear was prevalent among those who worked in poultry plants. In a statement, trade groups representing the poultry industry said that it was looking into ways to improve worker safety.
A workplace injury could have a lasting impact on a person’s life. For instance, losing a limb could make it harder to remain employed or engage in activities outside of work. Head injuries could also make it difficult for someone to find or retain employment and engage in personal and other types of relationships. Those who are injured on the job may be entitled to compensation for those injuries.
Compensation may help to pay for medical bills and related expenses after getting hurt at work. It may also provide a portion of a worker’s salary while he or she is recovering. In some cases, workers may be entitled to workers’ compensation or similar benefits for the rest of their lives. An attorney may be helpful to those who are seeking benefits or have had an application for benefits denied for any reason.