We tend to feel a sense of comfort knowing our safety is a priority for our employers. We neither expect to encounter any potentially deadly instances during the workday nor anticipate any sort of devastation to affect our day-to-day work. However, for those who find themselves doing industrial or manufacturing work, the odds are often quite different.
Recently, Lubbock police were notified of an industrial accident incident at Purina Mills in the 200 block of East Harvard Street. The accident in question caused one of the workers at the plant to suffer a wrongful death after allegedly being crushed by equipment.
The morning following the incident, Purina Mills released a statement saying, “A fatality occurred last evening at the Purina Animal Nutrition Plant, located at 212 E. Harvard Street in Lubbock, Texas. Human safety and welfare is our top priority and we will fully cooperate in an investigation into what occurred. Our sympathy and thoughts go out to all those impacted, but in particular, the individual’s family and friends during this terribly difficult time.”
Hazards Industrial Workers Often Face
Industrial accidents can often involve catastrophic injuries due to the nature of the work. Working with and around dangerous equipment like heavy machinery, power tools, and chemicals can lead to accidents and injuries if the appropriate safety procedures are not followed.
Typical injuries that can occur during an industrial accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Shockwave injuries
- Electrical, chemical, and thermal burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Crushing injuries
Each and every employer, regardless of the industry, has certain responsibilities to its workers. Employers must provide all necessary safety equipment to employees, including everything from hardhats and goggles to accessible fire extinguishers. Employers are also required to provide workers with the necessary safety training because industrial workplaces can be so dangerous, workers need to know how to work with and around hazards while staying safe. Additionally, dangers like live wires or hazardous chemicals need to be carefully marked so employees know to avoid them or handle them with care.
Lubbock Workplace Accident Attorney
Employers have certain responsibilities to their employees to keep them safe on the job. Unfortunately, many employers do not take this responsibility seriously and choose to put profits before people. If you were injured at work, Liggett Law Group can help. We can analyze your situation and help hold negligent employers responsible for the injuries they cause. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.