I recently had a talk with a friend that is a divorce lawyer. He shared to me a recent case he had to handle because the client was a very good friend of his, too. He told me the story because it was also related to what I do as an employer at OSHA and because he knows I blog about occupational injuries.
In his many years as a divorce lawyer, one would think he has experienced all kinds of problems and conflicts. You would think, there will be no more new story to share because all possible scenarios have been played out. Well, that is what he thought too, until a recent case of his gave a whole new light to his work.
As a divorce attorney, he focuses on cases that involve, well, divorce. There are a lot of reasons for divorce but I am not dwelling on that because the case I am about to share is not a divorce case in its literal sense. See, my lawyer friend also handles conflicts in the workplace. You can say that he handles cases that involve the divorce of an employee from its employer or vice versa, depending on whether his client is the employee or the employer.
For this particular case, his client is the employee of a particular company. The complaint was that his employer was neglecting his duties and responsibilities towards the client, the employee, by not conducting the annual status report on the facilities of the company building. This included the inspection of offices and facilities, from roof to floor.
The client proceeded with the complaint after he was involved in an accident in the office. The roof near his office caved in and collapse. He was inside the office but it was fortunate that he was already headed out when the collapse of the roof happened. He may have been lucky to be safe, but the emotional stress and psychological impressions of the event upon him was enough to cause him to break down.
The employer tried to plea that what happened was inevitable and that it was the force of nature that caused it. However this defense was easily debunked because a company was called and asked to examine the real cause of the collapse of the roof. As confirmed, the roof was already starting to go weak yet no action was done to prevent it from happening. The evaluation of the company made a very strong case for the client.
My friend and his client has succeeded in the case and the demands have been met by the employer. He is still out from work because he has to go through stress debriefing in order for him to get back on his feet and move on from the horrible experience.
As he narrated that story to me, I also gave my insights about how claims due to occupational injury could also be made. Though right now, my friend and his client are just happy that they were able to win over the employer, who spent a lot of money to hire expensive attorneys that thankfully were not as prepared as my friend was.
Perhaps, the most basic key to avoiding occupational injuries is to choose the job that is right for you.
As professionals, exhausting options should be done in order to land the job that is perfect for you. There is no need to rush into making life decisions because rushing in might cause regrets.
This does not mean that you should be picky and arrogant when in search for a job. This just means that you should know your worth as a young adult that is in your prime and hungry for success. You should not allow yourself to be exploited into jobs that do not value your worth and do not give you room for improvement and growth. Also, beware of jobs that could cause you harm. This can happen if you choose a poor performing company, or if you force yourself to take a job that is not in your field or is not in your skill set.
There are a few things to consider before finally settling for a job offer.
First, you have to know in your heart if it is the career path you want to take. Don’t be blinded by the pay or the freebies or whatever else there is that they use to lure you in. will you be happy with this job? Do you see yourself in 5 years in the same line of business, in the same career path, and will you be happy once you reach the top of this career option? If you know you will be happy, then by all means, take the job. But if you are having doubts, hold it off and think some more.
Second, you have to be well compensated. Just because you are younger does not give companies the right to exploit your talents for lesser fee. There is always a reasonable pay for the type of work you are given, if you think that the offer is good enough for the job, then go right ahead. But if you think you are being paid too low for the amount of work you have to produce, then you better think if you’re willing to receive little for your work.
Third, you deserve a good working environment. This means that you get a good office or cubicle. You cannot produce quality outputs when you are working in an unhealthy environment.
Being young in the corporate world has its advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to take wise decisions in every endeavor so that you can become more accomplished in the long run. Also, making the right decision with regards to the job you have to take will help you avoid occupational injuries because you will be in a working environment that is fit for you and your skills.