If you purchase a home improvement product, toy, household cleaner, motor vehicle or any other item made available for sale to consumers, you have every right to reasonably expect that every person and department involved in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of that product has adhered to all safety regulations. In short, when you pay money for something, it shouldn't cause you injury or illness when you use it under normal circumstances. Thousands of people in Kansas wind up in emergency rooms when defective products harm them.
Every industry has associated safety hazards, and while construction, trucking and logging rate among the most hazardous occupations, workers in industrial facilities, such as factories, meat processing plants and the like, face life-threatening dangers every day. The list of risks in industrial setups is endless, ranging from slip-and-fall accidents to amputations or electrocutions. While every business owner has a responsibility to protect the safety and health of his or her employees, many unfortunately prioritize profits.
Strict measures are put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to prevent industrial accidents that could lead to injuries and death. However, violations are prevalent because some employers continue to prioritize profits over employee welfare. Fractures, sprains and strains, and open wounds, along with catastrophic injuries from falls frequently occur in industrial facilities across Kansas.
As an employee in Kansas, you may be aware of the fact that your employer likely carries workers' compensation insurance. You may know that the intent of this is to ensure care and provide compensation if an employee suffers an injury in a workplace accident, but it also covers occupational illnesses as well. This law means you could have a valid claim if you became ill due to your job requirements or toxic exposure.