Mainers take pride in their work. In exchange for their time, effort, and commitment, they expect to be paid fairly and treated with respect by their employers. But companies owe their employees more than a paycheck. No matter where you work – at a construction site, on a factory floor, behind a desk or behind the wheel – your employer owes you a safe place to do your job.
Unfortunately, employers in Maine and throughout the country too often fail to meet this obligation. Even in relatively safe work environments, employees can still sustain severe work-related injuries. In 2017 alone, at least 2.8 Americans were hurt on the job and 5,147 workers lost their lives while working. If that is not bad enough, experts believe the number of workplace injuries is likely much higher still because many workers don’t report workplace injuries due to fear of losing their jobs or other retaliation by employers.