Injuries Caused by OSHA Violations
Workplace accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries to employees in Houston. They often result in loss of life, as well. In fact, the number of people killed on the job in Texas increased in recent years. Texas has the dubious honor of being the leader in workplace deaths in the United States, according to the Texas Tribune.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides regulations to help prevent these incidents. Violations of the code still occur, though. If you have been injured on the job due to violation of these codes, you may be entitled to compensation.
OSHA regulations impose a duty on employers to maintain a safe work environment. The duties of employers in this regard often involve providing essential safety equipment and, in some instances, ensuring that workers use it properly.
These duties extend to provision of safety harnesses, safety goggles, and appropriate work wear. Employers should also train workers on the use of this equipment and best safety practices on the job. Failure to do this may expose the employer to liability.
Common OSHA Violations
In January 2016, OSHA identified some violations as being the root cause of injuries on the job. These violations include the following:
- Fall Protection: Employers often fail to provide necessary safety harnesses and protection for workers performing duties on high platforms.
- Hazard Communication: There should be a system for warning workers when dangerous situations arise. These may include “hue and cry” for falling objects.
- Scaffolding: Failure to provide steady platforms is a leading cause of falls.
- Respiratory Protection: Work conditions that involve toxic substances can get dangerous when respiratory gear is absent or faulty.
- Lockout/Tagout: Poor procedures to ensure that machines cannot be restarted when maintenance is ongoing are also a cause of injuries.
- Powered Industrial Trucks: Recklessness and fatigue are two common roots of accidents involving trucks.
- Ladders: Falling from ladders due to poor condition or dirt, grease, etc.
- Electrical Wiring Methods: The OSHA regulations provide for the best practices on electrical wiring. Some employers fail to comply with this, leading to the electrocution of workers.
- Machine Guarding: Workers have often been crushed by the machines they are charged with operating. Employers should have guards put in place to reduce the likelihood of such incidents.
- Electrical Requirements: Many construction sites may fail to meet electrical requirements. This can result in dangerous situations for workers.
Injuries from OSHA violations are often serious. They may result in partial or total loss of limbs or in some cases, even death. Where there is no loss of limbs, the worker may be permanently unable to work. The common injuries include:
- Brain injury construction accidents;
- Crushing accidents;
- Permanent disabilities
- Construction accidents resulting in traumatic amputations; and/or
- Spinal Cord injuries resulting in paralysis.
What You can do if You are Injured: Speak to an Attorney
If you have been injured at the workplace due to violation of the OSHA standards, the first thing you need to do (after seeking medical attention) is get in touch with an experienced Houston workplace injury lawyer. Contact the Houston lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates today.