In the United States, federal laws guarantee workers a safe working environment, even if the occupation itself is dangerous.
Employers are required by law to ensure worker safety by minimizing the risk of injury or wrongful death. They can do this in several ways, including:
• Properly training employees
• Providing safety equipment
• Ensuring that equipment and machinery are properly maintained
• Ensuring that equipment and machinery are up to safety code
• Making sure signs indicating dangers are clearly posted
• Quickly responding to safety code violations
At Salam & Associates, PC, our lawyers know there are employers in Texas and New Mexico who care more about profits than the well-being and safety of their employees.
Cutting corners, rushing deadlines and ignoring safety violations are all forms of negligence that can lead to serious on-the-job accidents. When this happens, you can be sure our firm will be ready to thoroughly investigate and hold any at-fault parties responsible on behalf of our clients and their families.
Dangerous Working Environments in Texas and New Mexico
Occupations that are considered more dangerous than others include:
• Oil field and pipeline workers
• Oil and gas rig workers
• Iron and metal workers
• Machinery fabricators
• Factory line operators
• Industrial workers
• Construction workers
• Crane operators
While the nature of work in these environments may be dangerous, employers can make matters worse by failing to correct safety issues or purposefully putting workers in unsafe conditions.
Examples of On-the-Job Accidents and Associated Injuries
In her 25 years working as a personal injury attorney, Fatima Hassan-Sallam of Salam & Associates, PC, has seen workers suffer a range of injuries, from minor trauma to permanent disability, because of on-the-job accidents such as:
• Oil rig explosions — causing burn injuries, loss of limb, organ damage, fractures and broken bones, and fatal injuries
• Gas and oil pipeline ruptures — resulting in musculoskeletal injuries, torn ligaments, burn injuries, organ damage, head and brain injuries, and death
• Industrial accidents — leading to exposure to hazardous chemicals, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, nerve damage and death
• Construction accidents — causing crush injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe lacerations, musculoskeletal injuries and torn ligaments
• Falls from scaffolding — resulting in head, brain and spinal cord injuries, broken bones, damage to internal organs, and wrongful death
• Forklift accidents — leading to amputation and crush injuries that can include organ damage and broken bones
• Crane collapses — causing blunt force trauma to the head, brain and spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and death
• Mining accidents — resulting in loss of limb, vision loss, head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, and death
• Malfunctioning machinery — leading to electrocution, amputation, vision loss, crush injuries, paralysis and other disabling injuries
• Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents — causing head trauma, brain and spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and death
When an employer is careless or negligent, workplace accidents can occur, resulting in serious, catastrophic or fatal injuries.
We take legal action in these types of personal injury cases, helping you and your family pursue compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of ability to work in cases of permanent disability.
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If unsafe working conditions and the negligence of an employer led to your injuries or the death of a loved one, you have the right to file a lawsuit and recover compensatory and punitive damages. Let us help you protect your rights and fight for justice.
To schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation with a lawyer from our firm, call 972-437-1900 or send us an email. We serve clients throughout Texas and New Mexico from our offices in Richardson. We can also arrange to meet (by appointment only) in Las Cruces. Hablamos español.