All employees, no matter the industry, are entitled to a safe workplace, properly maintained equipment, training on how use the equipment and consistently implemented safety policies. Unfortunately, workplace injuries are more common than they should be. If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a workplace incident, our injury attorneys are here to help.
In working on cases involving the Texas and New Mexico oil fields, we’ve seen firsthand how pushing employees to work long hours creates unsafe working environments. Overly tired employees can unintentionally relax safety standards or miss warnings signs of an impending disaster. Similarly, encouraging employees to shortcut practices or use damaged equipment, in the name of meeting deadlines or improving margins, is illegal and incredibly dangerous to workers.
Chemical and refining plant accidents can have long-term consequences for employees and their families. Injuries from such accidents are often severe, leaving families with enormous medical bills and mounting debt from lost wages. Plant owners and operators are subject to strict federal and state safety regulations. Failure to follow the regulations exposes them to liability for injuries and death. While a lawsuit can’t undo physical and emotional damage, it may help victims and their families recover financially from a workplace accident.
Severe injuries and long-term health complications can result from defective equipment, improperly constructed scaffolding, exposure to hazardous materials and more. While safety is everyone’s responsibility, enforcing safety measures starts at the top. Also, many different companies and/or individuals at a work site may have safety responsibilities that, if ignored, could lead to injuries. Employers can be held liable for dangerous working conditions and unenforced safety regulations. However, coverage through worker’s compensation insurance can impact decisions on who is ultimately responsible for construction accidents.