Workplace injuries in the U.S. amount to over $200 billion annually in wages, lost productivity, medical expenses, and other insurance costs, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
Each year, over 4.1 million people suffer a workplace injury or illness. At least 2 million workers end up missing work and require continuing medical care due to work injuries. It is inexcusable that very often many workplace accidents could be avoided with the right safety measures.
Case in Point
Earlier this month, a worker at a Nebraska prime meatpacking plant in Hastings died in a workplace accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) opened an investigation after the worker had become caught in a machine and was asphyxiated. OSHA cited the company for 11 safety violations, including willful violations for improper machine guarding.
Causes of Workplace Injuries
Texas has many industries that can be dangerous environments if employers fail to follow safety regulations. Offshore oil rigs construction sites, and barges are often sources of workplace injuries. Oil rig workers and others handle highly combustible materials and heavy equipment, and employer negligence can often lead to workplace injuries.
Employer violations of federal safety regulations can cause death or serious injury and some common workplace hazards can include:
- exposure to electricity, fire, toxic liquids or gasses;
- improperly maintained machines;
- unsafe building structures;
- failure to train workers properly on safety procedures; and
- failure to conduct periodic equipment inspections.
Were you injured in a Texas workplace accident or industrial accident?
Employers must follow federal safety regulations to prevent accidents and workplace deaths. If you or a member of your family have been injured in a workplace accident, industrial accident oroil rig accident you can contact our Texas personal injury firm to learn your rights and start a free case review today.