Workplace Injury: Common Questions
What Are Common Workplace Accidents?
The following are all examples of workplace accidents common in Texas:
- Offshore accidents
- Oil drilling accidents
- Chemical plant accidents
- Industrial plant accidents
- Construction accidents
- Warehouse accidents
Due to the hazardous nature of these jobs, the injuries that result can be serious and sometimes fatal.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured?
If you have suffered from an injury while on the job, you should not fail to notify your employer as soon as possible. Even if your injury does not appear to be serious, you should still seek medical treatment as the full extent of the injury is not always apparent. Also, talking to an injury attorney will ensure that your rights are being protected.
What Are Typical Workplace Injuries?
Back and spine injuries can result from heavy lifting, slip and falls, or repetitive movements.
The results of this type of injury include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of movements
- Bladder and bowel control problems
Another common injury is burns. Explosions, chemical leaks, and flammable materials igniting can lead to disabilities.
What Are Some Causes of Workplace Injuries?
Equipment failures occur when there was a manufacturing error or the machinery was not properly maintained. On construction sites, there can be falling objects and flying debris that could lead to head trauma or other injuries. Failure to provide sufficient training and management to employees can be a cause of injury.
How Important Is Workplace Safety?
Failure to meet the standards laid out by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is not only illegal, but it can lead to serious injury. Improper maintenance, inadequate inspection, insufficient training and supervision, and exposure to hazardous conditions are examples of lapses in health and safety that can affect employees.
For more information, contact a Texas workplace injury lawyer for a free consultation.