Personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn to minimize the risks associated with workplace hazards. Serious injuries or illnesses can arise from chemical, radiological, electrical, or other workplace hazards. This is why it is important to always put safety first. Personal protective equipment includes items like safety glasses and shoes, helmets, overalls or full-body suits.
Under Florida law, your employer is legally mandated to provide a safe work environment. It includes providing and maintaining the proper safety gear for the workers. In addition, employers should train their workers to use personal protective equipment to ensure that they are sufficiently protected.
The dangers of not wearing the correct gear
Several risks are associated with not using the correct personal protective equipment, especially when working in high-risk industries like construction. They may include:
- Exposure to chemicals, excessive noise, or vibrations
- Burns, among others.
Some consequences take years to develop, such as noise-induced deafness and occupational asthma. By that time, it may be too late to take preventive measures. Therefore, you should wear the correct safety gear whenever you operate in a risky environment for your well-being. It may be the difference between a life-threatening injury and a slight bruise.
Protect your rights as a worker
You have a right to a safe working environment. If you sustained injuries at your workplace, whether or not you had worn protective gear, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Such benefits will cover the cost of treatment for your injuries as well as lost wages.
Take informed actions towards protecting your legal rights by learning more about the aspects of workers’ compensation laws that may affect your case.