A workplace injury is a serious matter. Beyond pain and discomfort, if an injury is severe enough, it may cause you a loss of hours and pay as well as accruing medical bills. It is the responsibility of any employer to provide a reasonably safe work environment for their employees.
This subject is of sufficient concern that there is a federal agency dedicated to monitoring and enforcing rules and regulations in regard to workplace safety. OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, considers an injury or illness to be work-related if “an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing injury or illness.”