Industrial jobs are among the most dangerous in the country. The environment of an industrial facility exposes workers to multiple safety risks. Even with the increase in safety precautions and regulations over the years, working with heavy machinery, chemicals, and toxic fumes will always be hazardous. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) regulates working conditions in all industries. While the creation of such highly regulated standards has certainly reduced workplace accidents, they still occur with relative frequency. In fact, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics, approximately 3.1 million American workers are injured or become ill at work every year.
Although workplace injuries can occur in any type of job, industrial accidents can be particularly catastrophic. Industrial workers are usually exposed to some form of dangerous equipment or substance on a daily basis. For example, using equipment such as forklifts, scaffolding, and cranes puts workers at a constant risk of being crushed, struck, pinned, or caught between heavy machinery. Similarly, working with chemical substances which may produce toxic fumes, or volatile materials such as explosives can cause serious injury and even death.
The good news is, with improved employee education, adherence to OSHA’s safety standards, the use of safety equipment, and proper maintenance of machinery, workers have a significantly lower risk of injury than their predecessors of 50, 20, and even 10 years ago. The reality is, third party negligence on the part of employers, outside vendors, and maintenance staff is typically responsible for industrial accidents. If you are an industrial worker, it is in your best interest to follow safety protocol at all times, and to always be aware of your surroundings. If you suspect faulty or defective equipment, or you are concerned that safety standards aren’t being met, report your findings immediately. Doing so may save a life. Finally, if you need legal assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to a skilled workplace injury attorney from Kirk Law Firm, PLLC.
You May Be Entitled to More Than Workers’ Compensation
Workplace accidents are typically covered by workers’ compensation benefits, whether the accident was your fault or the fault of another. However, if third party negligence is to blame for your injuries, you may be entitled to additional compensation. This amount can be significantly larger than your workers’ compensation benefits. However, it is imperative that you work with a skilled industrial accident attorney so that you don’t accidentally forfeit your ability to file a third party claim.
Types of Industrial Jobs
There are many kinds of industrial jobs, but the most common (and most dangerous) include:
- Drilling Rigs
- Assembly and Fabrication Plants
- Warehouses and Distribution Centers
Workers at these jobs are prone to a long list of serious risks, including heavy machinery accidents, falls from high places, explosions, chemical burns, inhalation of toxic fumes, and being struck by an object. Thankfully, one of our dedicated attorneys in Houston could help you recover if you were involved in an industrial accident.
Call a Houston Industrial Accident Attorney about Your Case
If you have been injured in an industrial accident, attorney Dana G. Kirk can help. He has successfully represented countless workplace injury cases and has an impressive track record of obtaining compensation for clients. He has the knowledge and experience necessary to effectively investigate the details of your case and position you for the best possible outcome. These lawsuits can become extremely complicated, but one of our Houston industrial accident lawyers has the skill and tenacity to fight for your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact the Kirk Law Firm, PLLC today for a free consultation about your case.