Some jobs and workplaces are inherently hazardous and expose workers to an unnecessary amount of dangers. Jobs that use heavy machinery, hazardous materials, require excessive amounts of travel, or work in treacherous terrain have a higher incidence of injury and death than others due to unsafe working conditions. In 2019, 5,250 work fatalities occurred according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Constructions workers, farmers, truck drivers, steel workers, fishers, and loggers constitute just some of the country’s workforce risking their lives to perform their daily work responsibilities. Protecting oneself while working in a dangerous industry and knowing what to do if something does go wrong is critical to a long, productive career.
What Are the Dangers of Unsafe Working Conditions?
Many industries carry the potential for serious injury. These dangers must be recognized, planned for, and precautions must be taken to protect workers from being injured. Some of the hazards that workers are facing in these dangerous industries include:
- Working at great heights with the potential to fall
- Using large, complicated machinery that can malfunction
- Slippery surfaces and trip hazards
- High heat machinery
- Extreme light and sound radiation
- Electric shock
- Dangerous chemicals
- Toxic fumes
These hazards are inevitable in these dangerous industries and safety measures must be put in place to minimize the risk. Nearly all unsafe working conditions and workplace accidents are preventable by employers, simply by implementing basic safety procedures and regulations. In workplaces where correct safety procedures and best practices have been developed and implemented by the employer, accidents resulting from these hazards tend to be rare. When corners are cut maintaining equipment and/or safety procedures are neglected, disasters can occur as a result.
Serious Injuries Are Possible
Workplace hazards can cause many serious injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Head injury
- Skull fracture
- Skin damage
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Chemical burns
- Respiratory injury
Any of these injuries can prevent an employee from working and leave them with huge medical bills. If the injury was caused by the negligence of a company or manufacturer, they may be held liable for paying financial damages for unsafe working conditions.
Negligence Leads to Accidents
Negligence on the part of a manager, corporation, or manufacturer could contribute to a workplace injury in ways such as:
- Equipment breaks, such as safety harness or crane, due to poor design or upkeep
- Failing to adhere to OSHA safety standards
- Failing to inspect safety equipment
- Failing to properly supervise risky activities
- Failing to require proper safety gear
- Lack of adequate training for workers
- Failure to inspect the workplace for slip, trip, fall, or fire hazards
Far too many injuries result because adequate warnings were not given to workers, workers received no training, or because workers were operating machinery without proper supervision. In many cases, machinery or other products were not used according to manufacturer instructions, their design was defective, or they were not properly inspected and/or maintained in the workplace.
Workplace Accidents Happen, Know What to Do
The pain and suffering that occurs after a workplace accident are real and can be a major emotional, as well as financial, shock to the worker in the accident. Many on-the-job injuries are extremely painful and can be life-altering. Recovery from a workplace injury often requires long-term medical care, rehabilitation, and physical therapy and sometimes, it can include mental health treatment.
Insurance companies and their teams of lawyers seek to minimize liability exposure and thus may not want to provide fair compensation for a full recovery after a workplace accident occurs. Finding a knowledgeable, experienced Texas workplace accident attorney is key to obtaining fair compensation for the injuries you suffered.
Lubbock Workplace Injury Lawyers
The task of holding a company financially responsible for an injury or death caused by workplace negligence can be intimidating. An employer has a legal obligation under federal and Texas law to do everything possible to provide workers with a safe working environment. In addition, machine designers and manufacturers have a legal obligation to ensure their machines can be operated safely. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a workplace related accident, you need a Texas injury attorney on your side to make sure you get all of the compensation you’re entitled to. The Lubbock work accident attorneys of Liggett Law Group can help, so contact us today.