Cleveland, OH asked in Workers' Compensation for Ohio

Q: Was fired until they found out I was hurt because I didn't give me proper PPE caustic Burns on my ankles, they had me

It was on my way at work I just started this job I've been there almost a month I was late when I got there they let me go. 5 days prior to that I got asked to clean out a pit I work around bleach and caustic acid so I went down cleaned out the pit next day I had caustic burns on my ankles because I had leather boots on I did not know and they never gave me the proper PPE which were rubber boots that they are supposed to supply. But they did not I told them about my burns on my ankles and he my boss said you got to let me know these things and I said I did I let him know the next day because my ankles were raw bloody itchy irritable on fire but I kept working then to only find out that they were supposed to give me rubber boots five days after that I was on my way to work I was late. They had fired me and let me go. That same time frame I asked about what I should put on these caustic Burns HR lady I know nothing about it when I left 15 minutes later after seeing it offered my job back

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Jami S. Oliver
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  • Dublin, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: This is something that is covered by the Worker's compensation program and if you are injured due to lack of PPE, you should file a worker's comp case and get it opened up. This is also an OSHA violation and you have a right to report it to OSHA without fear of retaliation. Any retaliation by the employer is illegal for either of those types of complaints.

Dimitrios Makridis agrees with this answer

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