People all across Texas work hard every day, even in jobs they know can be dangerous. Maybe you work on an oil rig, or at a plant, or on a pipeline, or on scaffolding. You do everything you can to stay safe, but that does not make you immune from workplace and industrial accidents.
Slips, falls, falling objects, fires, explosions, poorly maintained equipment and more lead to thousands of workplace injuries in Houston and all across Texas every year.
Only the dedicated work injury lawyers at Pierce | Skrabanek have the knowledge, experience and passion to put you in the best position to secure the compensation you need. After a workplace injury, we know all you want is to get life back to normal. We’re prepared to do just that. Call or email our workplace injury attorneys now for a free consultation.
In 2013, there were 4,585 workers killed on the job in the U.S., according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. That’s 88 deaths per week, or a staggering 12 workers killed per day.
Construction continues to be the most deadly private sector job field. Just over 20 percent of workplace fatalities in 2013 were construction workers. There are four causes of construction deaths that account for roughly 60 percent of all construction worker fatalities:
- Falls (37 percent)
- Struck by object (10 percent)
- Electrocutions (9 percent)
- Caught in or between objects (3 percent)
So many of these tragic work-related injuries and deaths might have been prevented if the employer had made workplace safety a priority. Here are the 10 most common safety standards OHSA issues citations for:
- Fall protection
- Hazard communication
- Respiratory problem
- Powered industry trucks
- Control of hazardous energy
- Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment
- Machinery and machine guarding
- Electronic systems design
Texas Workplace Accident Statistics
How does Texas compare to the rest of the country? Workplaces in our state have become a bit safer recently, but they are far from perfect. In 2013, the rate of nonfatal injury and illness in private industry was 2.6 cases per 100 workers, a slight decrease from 2012.
Compared to other states, Texas is actually a relatively safe place to work. The average national workplace injury rate is 3.3 of every 100 workers.
In 2013 in Texas, there was also a decrease in the amount of days missed from work caused by nonfatal workplace or industrial accidents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there were 51,890 cases of days away from work because of injury in 2013, a drop from the 53,290 such cases in 2012.
Common Workplace Injuries
Almost all of the work injuries our work injury lawyers come across can be grouped into the following categories:
Slips, trips and falls: Accounting for about 1/3 of all workplace injuries, these are very preventable. Slips and falls often cause broken bones, head injuries and back injuries at work.
Repetitive motion injuries: These injuries are caused by fixed-motion activities, like typing for hours on end. They can be prevented with proper workloads and break times, along with ergonomic equipment.
Vehicle and moving equipment injuries: Workers operating vehicles and heavy machinery are often severely hurt when the equipment overturns, crashes or malfunctions. This can lead to industrial accidents that cause neck and head injuries, broken limbs and other traumatic injuries.
Hazards in the workplace: Unsafe working conditions put employees at risk of chemical spills, fires, explosions and more work-related accidents. Serious industrial and workplace accidents that cause injuries and fatalities are not uncommon in these hazardous working conditions. An attorney can hold employers accountable when they subject employees to these kinds of conditions.
Electrical shocks: Getting shocked or burned can be very serious, if not fatal.
Preventing Workplace Injuries
Some jobs will always carry a level of danger, and you can never be completely immune from a work accident. You and your employer can, however, take steps to put yourself in the best position to avoid an occupational injury. Here are some steps:
Train employees properly. Ensuring that you and your coworkers know how to take precautions and use equipment the right way is arguably the best way to prevent any workplace injury.
Encourage employees to take breaks. Workers that are well-rested are less likely to make careless errors that can cause harm. Breaks and reasonable work schedules keep employees awake and alert.
Wear proper protective equipment at all times.
Double-check to make sure store all materials are stored safely and securely.
Keep workplaces clean and uncluttered. This especially helps prevent trips, slips and falls.
Have proper signage to warn workers of dangers. Much is this is covered by law.
Employee wellness and injury prevention programs are also mandated at many jobs. These programs have been shown to create safer workplaces.
You should always immediately report any hazardous working conditions to your employer. If they don’t respond adequately, contact a workplace safety oversight agency such as OSHA. If you are injured, you should contact an attorney.
What to Do If You Have Been Injured at Work
If your workplace accident requires medical attention, call 911 immediately. This is always the first step. A proper medical documentation will not only help your recover but it will also assist your case.
Tell your work supervisor right away. It is mandated that your employer know of the hazardous working condition within 30 days. Injured workers should also keep track of how much work they miss due to the injury.
After you have received proper medical diagnosis, have contacted your employer and recorded the time you’ve missed, it’s time to file a workers’ compensation claim. Do not file your claim until you have consulted an experienced work injury lawyer at Pierce Skrabanek PLLC . We have the experience you need to make sure your claim is thorough and seeks the maximum possible compensation available under Texas law.
How We Can Help
Don’t try to tackle a workplace injury lawsuit on your own. You should get an experienced work injury attorney on your side to steer you down the right path.
Building these sorts of cases is our job as lawyers. The work injury lawyers of Pierce | Skrabanek are here for hardworking Texans like you.
We are always available for a consultation – and it’s always free. Call us today at (832) 690-7200 or contact us online. We’ll be waiting to listen and tell you what we can do to help you get your life back on track.
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