Employers in Conroe and across the nation owe a reasonable duty of care to ensure their worksites are safe for their workers and employees. We all expect our workplaces to be safe, and when they’re not we’re put at great risk for injury, illness or even death. Whether you were injured in the oil field or in a transportation accident while on the job, you need to speak with a skilled work injury attorney about your case as soon as possible. Texas is not a worker-friendly state, and you can’t always count on your employer to make sure you get the medical care and compensation you deserve after a work injury.
U.S. Workplace On-the-Job Injury Statistics
- In 2014, 4,821 workers were killed on the job.
- There were nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2014.
- Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.
- Out of all of the private industry worker fatalities in 2014, 20.5 percent were in construction.
- The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, electrocution, struck by object and caught-in/between.
Construction Site Injuries
The construction site is one of the most dangerous workplaces in the nation. In 2014, one in five worker deaths happened in the construction industry. The majority of injuries result from four different situations, known as the “Fatal Four.” The Fatal Four includes falls, electrocution, being struck by an object and being caught or crushed between two objects. There are many very critical safety standards in place to prevent these types of injuries, but if workplaces aren’t safe or employers aren’t following safety regulations, workers’ lives are put at risk.
Oil Patch Injuries
If employers, supervisors and company owners in the oil and gas industry don’t adhere to all required safety regulations, workers are put at risk for severe, catastrophic and even fatal injuries. A 2010 press release from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics found that Texas and Oklahoma were the top two states for fatal work injuries occurring in the oil and natural gas extraction industry. Whether you were injured in an explosion or you lost a loved one due to an equipment strike, the sooner you speak with a work injury attorney about your case, the better.
Transportation Work Injuries
Transportation work injuries are another huge problem in Conroe and across the State of Texas. If you’re injured in a car or truck accident while you’re on the job, you could have an injury claim against your employer. There has also been an increase in transportation-related work injuries in the oil and gas industry. Sadly, many safety regulations that traditional commercial drivers and trucking companies must follow for safe operation don’t apply to commercial trucking within the oil and gas industry.
What About Toxic Chemicals and Fumes?
Another workplace hazard can occur in the form of toxic chemicals and fumes. Workers shouldn’t be exposed to cancer-causing chemicals in the workplace. If you suspect your illness occurred due to dangerous, toxic or carcinogenic chemicals or fumes, you need to speak with a work injury attorney immediately.
No matter what industry you work in, it’s your employer’s responsibility to make sure your workplace is safe for you and your coworkers. The United States Office for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict regulations and guidelines for employers to follow to ensure the job site is safe for workers. After any type of workplace injury, it’s essential to find out what happened and how that injury could have been prevented. It will be necessary to determine if your employer was violating OSHA guidelines at the time of the accident. An experienced work injury attorney can determine if these guidelines were being followed properly.
Texas is Not a Worker-Friendly State
Unfortunately, Texas is not a worker-friendly state. It can be surprisingly difficult for victims and their families to recover compensation for injuries, lost wages and other damages. Your employer may or may not carry worker’s compensation insurance. If your employer does have worker’s compensation insurance, your claim might be limited to working within the worker’s compensation system. If your employer doesn’t have worker’s compensation insurance, you will likely have to pursue your work injury claim in court. In some cases, there is a third party involved. Your work injury lawyer can look into every possible avenue to get you the compensation you deserve for your injury, lost wages and pain and suffering.
When to Call a Work Injury Lawyer
Sadly, the laws in Texas can limit a victim’s ability to pursue a case against the responsible party. If you or somebody you love has been injured on the worksite, you need to get in touch with a work injury attorney who has proven case experience in handling work injury claims and lawsuits for injured workers. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, contact the Scott Law Firm at (936) 270-8100 for a free case consultation.