Common Work Accidents Causes in Louisiana
- Transportation incidents
- Falls, slips, and trips
- Violence and injuries by another worker
- Struck by object or equipment
- Exposure to harmful substances or environments
Common Types of Workplace Injuries
Regardless if you work in a warehouse or a cubical, you could be vulnerable to serious injuries while on the job. According to OSHA, 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014, and thousands more suffered severe injuries. These statistics demonstrate the dangers people are exposed to in the workplace—dangers which can rob any person of their livelihood and peace of mind in an instant. Common injuries suffered at work include:
Baton Rouge Law Firm Protecting Your Rights to Workplace Safety
Industrial settings are home to some of most frequent work injuries. Due to the nature of the work—high temperatures, volatile processes, and toxic chemicals—workers are more likely to suffer serious harm on the job.
You may be especially likely to experience a serious injury if your work takes place in the following areas:
Although these settings do pose inherent dangers, it is still up to the employers, managers, and trainers of these sites to protect their workers by taking thorough safety measures. In many instances, those in leadership positions fail to provide or maintain a safe working environment, and catastrophic accidents occur as a direct result.
Some of the most destructive accidents include:
- Explosions and fires
- Electric shocks
- Mass exposure to dangerous chemicals
- Crushing by heavy machinery
- Collapsed scaffolding
- Injuries from airborne objects or debris
Industrial injuries also include health problems caused by exposure to harmful chemicals, gases, or materials like asbestos. Arnold & Itkin LLP works to defend workers and families who have wrongfully lost a loved one to the neglect and oversight of plant managers, employers, and corporate leadership. Our goal is to bring our clients restitution for the pain and suffering they have experienced.
Plant & Refinery Fires
Because of their inherent involvement with hazardous chemicals and heavy machinery, plants and refineries are some of the most dangerous places to work in the country. When an accident occurs at one of these facilities, it is usually a catastrophically destructive one. Some of these injuries and consequences can include:
- Severe burns
- Broken and fractured bones
- Loss of limbs
- Damage to personal property
- Muscle and nerve damage
- Wrongful death
Many of these injuries and accidents themselves can be avoided. It is likely that your injuries or those of your loved one are the result of negligence from another party. Contact our team to start your legal action against those responsible for your injuries.
WHAT CAUSES PLANT & REFINERY FIRES
Refinery fires are so severe because of the substances plants and refineries work with. These substances are highly flammable and are usually produced in high volumes, which means a larger and stronger fire. In oil refineries, a necessary process occurs called fractioning, which requires heating the crude oil to 400 degrees Celsius. Once the crude oil is heated, it can be separated and section off into different parts.
If a pipe, tank, or chamber suddenly cracks, the heated oil inside could combine with surrounded gases and combust instantaneously. This would be a nearly impossible fire to control. A similar event could occur in chemical plant. Many of the chemicals being dealt with are highly combustible. If the machinery fails, the chemicals can be exposed to gases or other materials that may ignite a large fire.
The reason equipment leaks are such a major concern has to do with the age of equipment in plants and refineries. These have not been renovated or improved for decades, meaning that pipes and tanks are becoming frailer. When equipment fails to contain these dangerous substances, catastrophic accidents occur and potentially injure hundreds of workers and surrounding communities.
WHO CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOR PLANT & REFINERY FIRES
Most accidents at plants and refineries can be traced back to human error. There are systems in place by federal and state organizations, such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), that are designed to regulate these potentially dangerous facilities and protect those who work in them. In many cases, these accidents occur as a result of poor supervision or irresponsible decision-making. If hundreds of workers’ lives are put in danger because of faulty machinery, such as a devastating leak of crude oil or harmful chemicals, the owners of the plant or factory may be held liable for failing to perform regular inspections and maintenance.
In any case, a thorough investigation is always conducted to find the root cause of the accident. The experienced legal team at Arnold Itkin LLP will work closely with those investigating authorities to determine who was at fault for your or your loved one’s injuries in a Louisiana plant or refinery fire. Our team has the skill, determination, and the resources to find the party at fault build a strong case in favor of your compensation.
Winning Against the Industry's Biggest Opponents
Many workers or families of workers who have been wrongfully killed are apprehensive about beginning a claim against their employers. This is largely due to the intimidation caused by the thought of going up against big corporations and insurance providers. The opposition will fight hard not to pay compensation or be held liable for deaths and injuries, and this is why your choice in representation is so important.
Arnold & Itkin has faced giants in the corporate and insurance worlds and succeeded in winning significant compensation for our clients. We are not intimidated by any defendant who owes our clients restitution for their loss, and we will do everything in our power to be sure they provide it.
Protection for Victims in Louisiana Industrial Accidents
Our team understands just how many areas of your life are affected by such an incident. Not only are you forced to undergo medical treatment for your physical injuries, but you are losing wages as medical expenses stack higher and higher. In addition to all of this, you or your loved one may be suffering extreme emotional and psychological hardship from the accident. While we are working to build your case and push for a settlement or verdict, our contingency fees can help provide the medical care you need while you wait for your compensation.
Working with our Louisiana industrial accident attorneys also means that by holding employers liable for damages, we may be preventing similar workplace accidents from hurting others the way they hurt you or your loved one.
Avoiding Industrial Work Accident Injuries
The year 1970 saw the passing of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which created strict codes, standards, and training programs designed to make work environments safer and prevent accidents and deaths. While OSHA is responsible for many significant improvements in the work force, many employers ignore or fail to meet these standards, and as a result, workers are wrongfully injured. The best chance we have at preventing these tragic accidents is by spreading awareness and seeking damages. By alerting an employer of any potential workplace danger you see and by punishing employers for injuries caused by negligence, we may be able to work together to make industrial settings safer places.
Representation in Your Louisiana Industrial Accident Case
Because your case may involve battling powerful corporate forces, you need to make sure you have hired a confident and skilled team to face them. We have experience with high-pressure negotiation and in federal courtrooms. Our team has the dedication and the talent you need to seek restitution from the corporations, plant managers, or co-workers who left you injured and unable to work.
Employer Negligence & Workplace Accidents
What causes these injuries? Most of the time, they’re caused by the negligence or inexperience of a supervisor. Losing a family member due to negligence that could have been avoided is a devastating experience. All too often, employers fail to meet federal regulations that govern workplace health and safety. When equipment is poorly manufactured, maintained, and operated, it causes serious and fatal injuries. A slippery or cluttered floor, poor lighting, and lack of guardrails often trigger these incidents as well. Our team at Arnold & Itkin works hard to ensure our clients know their options and receive the maximum compensation possible.
The negligence that leads to work injuries can take many forms, including:
- Equipment failures
- Falling objects & flying debris
- Slip & falls
- Improper maintenance
- Failure to comply with safety regulations
- Inadequate inspections
- Insufficient training
Poor management often leads to the rest of the problems on this list. Without inspecting workers and equipment, an employer is unable to identify and correct known risks of injury, like unsafe ladders or scaffolds.
Additionally, employers must train employees how to perform their work safely. For example, some companies fail to ensure workers are qualified to operate a forklift before letting them do so. Employees need to be fully informed about potential hazards. A string of injuries may be the strongest indication that a workplace is being mismanaged by a business owner or supervisors.
Compassionate Legal Representation from Louisiana Work Death Attorneys
Although work accidents usually result in injuries or illnesses, there are cases where families lose a loved one due to a wrongful death in the workplace. Wrongful death may occur as a result of negligence by the employer or the workplace owner.
Below are startling statistics of annual fatal injuries in the workplace:
- About 4,500 workers are killed on the job in the United States every year.
- 50,000 workers die from occupational diseases.
- There were 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the US in 2016.
- The most violated OSHA standard violated in 2013 was related to fall protection in construction.
Interested in learning more? Read about U.S. workplace fatality statistics.
Arnold & Itkin Fights for Maximum Compensation
Our Louisiana work injury lawyers have experience representing clients that have suffered from severe injuries in the workplace. We work tirelessly to hold even the largest companies accountable for their negligence. If you were injured at work, you may be able to recover lost income, medical costs, and punitive damages for misconduct.
We cover all these areas (onshore and offshore) for our clients through claims under:
What Constitutes Employer Negligence?
An employer can be held liable for their negligence if the accident could have been prevented with proper safety practices. For example, one common cause of a construction accident is falling from a height. OSHA requires specialized harnesses and supervision for workers at great heights for fall prevention. If a worker does fall, it may be inferred that the worker was not given proper equipment or was not properly supervised. If such was the case, the worker’s employer may be liable.
Use the OSHA database to learn about your workplace's safety record.
All About Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana and the seat of East Baton Rouge Parish. The city sits on the Mississippi River and is home to the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, one of the largest inland ports in the country, making Baton Rouge an epicenter of commerce. Baton Rouge has a historically strong economy that is supported by various industries. These include petrochemical manufacturing and refining, as the city is home to the fourth-largest oil refining complex in the United States, ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge Complex. The film, medical research, and technology industries also have a strong foothold in Baton Rouge.
A number of major corporations call Baton Rouge home. The headquarters for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Piccadilly Restaurants, Lamar Advertising Company, and Mariucci Sports all have headquarters in Baton Rouge. In terms of higher education, Louisiana State University and Southern University, the flagship institutions of their systems, are both located in Baton Rouge. The city’s significant clinical and medical research presence is supported by numerous facilities: Our Lady of the Lake, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Baton Rouge Medical Center (Bluebonnet and Mid-City), and LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
According to a Baton Rouge Area Economic Summary by the U.S. Census Bureau, the unemployment rate in the region in May 2022 was 3.2%, just lower than the national average of 3.4%. Nonfarm employment in the Baton Rouge area was varied; the top sectors were government (73,600 workers), trade, transportation, and utilities (69,600 workers), education and health services (54,100 workers), and professional and business services (51,900 workers). Workers of all skill levels, backgrounds, and educations can find various forms of employment in Baton Rouge and can pursue higher education at one of the city’s learning centers.
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At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our work injury attorneys are focused on making sure that injured workers are fully compensated for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, and any other losses. We have recovered billions for our clients to help them rebuild their lives and face the future with hope. We used skill, experience, and passion to map out what we believe will be a winning strategy for our clients. We work aggressively to represent workers and their families and help them receive the best possible results for their case.
For a free case evaluation, contact a Louisiana work injury attorney from our firm as soon as possible: (888) 493-1629. We handle complex injury and death cases nationwide.