A fire in the workplace can place dozens or even hundreds of people at risk for life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, workplaces of all kinds can have serious fire hazards that may lead to catastrophic accidents, especially if proper fire safety is not practiced. Employers have an important obligation to protect their workers from unnecessary risks, including the potential for uncontrolled fires.
If you have suffered from burns, smoke inhalation, or other injuries while performing your job duties, you likely qualify for benefits under the workers’ compensation system. To learn more, call your Iowa lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (515) 705-0233.
Recognizing Fire Hazards
A fire hazard can either increase the likelihood that a fire will occur, or impair people’s ability to safely escape in an emergency. You may need to take steps to improve your workplace safety if you have noticed fire hazards such as:
- Improper storage of combustible materials
- A lack of clearly marked and fully accessible emergency exits
- Poorly maintained electrical wiring or equipment
- A lack of functional and recently tested fire extinguishers
- Overcrowded conditions
- Inadequate safety training concerning dangerous tools or materials
If your employer is violating legal safety standards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may be able to help. If you have any questions about your legal rights following a workplace accident, our Iowa workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to provide the clear and helpful information you need.
Your Iowa lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. bring their full experience and legal dedication to every case they handle. Contact us today at (515) 705-0233 for the assistance you deserve.