Most of us take our safety for granted. We assume that wherever we go, we will be protected from harm. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, especially with our jobs. Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. When you work in a high-hazard industry, you may expect increased compensation because of the dangers. If you are employed in a dangerous job, you could suffer a severe or life-threatening injury. If the injury is caused by negligence, you may be owed compensation for your damages.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are about 130,000 work locations with 40 or more employees each that they consider to have a high-hazard rating. Some of the most dangerous industries include:
● Marine cargo handling
● Fish and seafood processing
● Towing and tugboat services
● Chicken processing
● Scrap and waste handling
● Airport terminal services
● Frozen food packaging
● Beef cattle feedlots
● Packing and crating
● Trucking maintenance
In addition, other types of jobs can also be dangerous. Police enforcement and firefighters are hazardous ways to make a living. Those who work in mining or on oil fields or rigs are also exposed to dangerous conditions. Those who work at heights need fall protection to work safely.
Safety in the Workplace
Companies must provide safe workplaces for employees. The U.S. Department of Labor oversees workplace safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers the OSH Act, which governs the health and safety conditions in most private industries. Employers must follow OSHA rules and regulations and keep the workplace free from serious hazards. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHL) enforces safety concerns specific to the mining industry. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides rules that protect the health and well-being of young Americans in the workplace.
If an employer failed to provide a safe workplace, and an employee was hurt or died, the employer should be held responsible for the damages. You will need to prove that the employer was negligent. Negligence means that the party knew or should have known that a particular situation was dangerous and could cause injuries or fatalities. Neglect can include actions or a lack of effort.
For example, an employer that fails to provide adequate training to an employee before operating a dangerous machine could be negligent if the employee was hurt.
Negligence may include such things as failing to inspect these premises, improper training, inadequate safety equipment, improper maintenance, and many other issues. Employees should not perform tasks when proper safety measures are not in place.
Workplace injuries can be complicated, and it is helpful to seek help from an experienced Houston injury attorney. At Baumgartner Law Firm, we have a team with the skills and knowledge to handle much injury claims. We have obtained millions of dollars for our clients. If you were hurt in a workplace accident, contact our team to discuss your injuries.
Call Baumgartner Law Firm today to get the guidance you need to obtain the money you deserve.