Industrial Workplaces Present Unique Hazards To Workers And Cause Injuries
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was created to provide safe working environments for workers. Although the standards enforced by OSHA have helped to reduce the occurrence of such accidents, preventable workplace accidents unfortunately still occur. And when they do, the consequences of them can be catastrophic to victims and their families.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an industrial or workplace accident, contact the Lake Charles industrial accident lawyers of the Townsley Law Firm today for a free initial consultation by calling 337-377-0584 or by emailing our office.
Workplace Hazards Are Still Common
The Act established strict health and safety standards and training programs to ensure a safe workplace for American workers and American workplaces are less dangerous as a result of its success. Still, although most are preventable, industrial accidents from falls, explosions, chemical exposure, electrocution and other causes are still common in the workplace. Among the most common workplace hazards identified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Scaffolding accidents
- Exposure to toxic agents
- Forklift accidents
- Injuries from falling objects
- Injuries from flying debris
- Injuries from unsafe machinery
Do You Have A Personal Injury Or Workers’ Compensation Claim?
When a worker is injured in an industrial accident, two types of claims may result. A claim for Worker’s Compensation may be made to claim benefits including income, medical coverage, and compensation for long-term disability caused by an injury if the injury was caused by the actions of an employer or co-worker. A personal injury claim may be brought against third-party contractors and their insurance companies. This may include refineries, construction companies, equipment manufacturers and anyone else who may share liability for faulty equipment or negligent operations.
Environmental Hazards Expose Workers To Industrial Accidents
Many Lake Charles-area residents are employed by petro-chemical refineries, work at the LNG terminal southwest of Lake Charles, or work on large-scale construction projects like the Lake Charles Cogeneration petroleum coke gasification plant. Inherent hazards in these and other environments expose them to the potential for an industrial accident.
Contact Industrial Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured in an industrial workplace accident, our attorneys can evaluate your case and help you understand your options for obtaining maximum compensation from all sources. Call our Lake Charles office at 337-377-0584.