Workers Compensation: Duties of Employers

In Missouri, workers compensation laws were enacted for the purpose of protecting employees at work. These laws place a duty on the employer to insure the safety of its employees. Although an employer is not an absolute insurer of  the safety of its employees, it is nevertheless required to furnish its employees a reasonably safe physical environment in which to perform employment-related services. This duty is non-delegable in nature. Therefore, an employer will not be able to escape liability by delegating its duties to another party.

The employer's non-delegable duties related to safety specifically include the duties: (1) to provide a safe workplace; (2) to provide safe equipment in the workplace; (3) to warn employees of the existence of dangers of which the employees could not reasonably be expected to be aware; (4) to provide a sufficient number of competent fellow employees; and  (5) to promulgate and enforce rules governing employee conduct for the purpose of enhancing safety. While workers compensation provides benefits to employees injured as a result of the employer’s failure to perform its non-delegable duties, an employee may nevertheless be entitled to benefits in the absence of a  breach of duty if the employee was injured during the course and scope of his or her employment.

If you have been hurt on the job, you should consult an attorney to hear about your recovery options.

The St. Louis Workers Compensation Lawyers at Roskin & Hoffmann, LLC have nearly 50 years of combined Work Comp experience and  we have handled some of the most complex Workers Comp cases throughout Missouri. If you have been injured at work, call our knowledgeable attorneys at (314) 821-9013 or send us a Workers Comp question.  We look forward to helping you. All communications  are returned promptly.

Workers Compensation Lawyers at Roskin & Hoffmann, LLC based in St. Louis, Missouri have nearly 50 combined years of work comp experience. Call our attorneys today.