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When can I refuse work for being too dangerous?

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2024 | Serious and Catastrophic Injuries

The idea of refusing work may sound far-fetched to some people. We are conditioned to believe that we should always fulfill our job duties, regardless of the risks involved. However, there are circumstances when it is not only acceptable but also legally permissible to refuse work due to safety concerns.

As a worker, you have the right to decline work if you believe that performing it would pose a serious and immediate danger to your health and safety or to the health and safety of others.

Violation of safety regulations

If you’re assigned a task that violates safety regulations or standards set forth by governmental agencies or industry authorities, you have the right to refuse that work. This includes situations where proper safety equipment is not provided, where established protocols are ignored, or where known hazards are not adequately addressed. Refusing work in such instances is not only justified but also essential for ensuring your well-being and that of your colleagues.

Risk of imminent danger

Work that exposes you to an immediate and serious risk of harm also warrants refusal. This includes situations where there’s a clear and present danger to your physical well-being, such as working at extreme heights without proper fall protection, handling hazardous chemicals without appropriate training or protective gear or operating malfunctioning machinery that poses a threat of injury.

Unsafe working conditions

Some work environments may present ongoing hazards or unsafe conditions that make it unreasonable to perform your duties safely. This could include factors like inadequate lighting, poor ventilation leading to exposure to harmful substances, unstable structures or surfaces or a lack of proper training or supervision. If you believe that the conditions in which you’re asked to work are inherently unsafe and pose a significant risk to your health and safety, you have the right to refuse to work until those conditions are addressed and rectified.

Refusing work due to safety concerns is not only a matter of personal protection but also a means of advocating for the well-being of yourself and your coworkers. If you feel that your rights are being ignored at the workplace, seeking legal guidance can help you understand your rights and options for recourse.