Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Act: Avoiding an Unsafe Working Environment
The Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Act establishes a no-fault remedy for work-related injuries and disabilities. The act applies to all public employees. If an injured worker meets the applicable injury requirements – a personal injury/occupational disease – that both arose out of employment and occurred during the course of employment, that person is eligible to collect against their employer.
Employers have the duty to keep their employees safe.
According to the Michigan Court of Appeals: When an employer subjects an employee to a continuously operative dangerous condition that it knows will cause an injury, yet refrains from informing the employee about the dangerous condition so that he is unable to take steps to keep from being injured, a factfinder may conclude that the employer had knowledge that an injury [was] certain to occur.
Employers should therefore fully inform their employees of dangerous conditions and seek to reduce the likelihood of a work-related injury. Here are some simple steps to reduce your liability:
- Post warning signs
- Inform employees of dangerous conditions/machines
- Ensure that all employees are properly trained to use dangerous equipment
Avoiding unsafe working conditions reduces your liability as an employer. It’s in your best interest to keep your employees safe to save yourself from possibly having to making payments to an injured employee.
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