Texas workers are forced to trust their employers to provide a safe workplace. All employees have the right to a workplace environment free from dangers. Yet sadly, many business owners do not follow safety regulations, leaving their employees to pay the price. Many Texans work in dangerous occupations. Workers in…
In Texas, workplace accidents happen across a variety of industries and in a lot of different settings. All companies and their employees must follow strict safety rules in the workplace. These rules are there for a reason, often because many dangerous tasks need to be done in the workplace. Unfortunately, some employers don’t always follow the rules or enforce them among their workforce. Some of the most common accident on the job occur in the following jobs:
- Construction: Although construction work provides a good living, it is among the most dangerous industries to work in. Construction sites across Texas are known to have violations occurring on a regular basis. According to the National Safety Council, construction was the industry sector experiencing the largest number of preventable fatal injuries in 2019.
- Maritime: Working offshore is also financially lucrative but even more dangerous. The injury claims involve obscure federal laws and regulations most lawyers are unfamiliar with and require specific knowledge of vessels including jack-up rigs, oil rigs, barges, tugboats, and more.
- Oilfield: Texas oilfield workers work in tough conditions every day because drilling is an inherently dangerous undertaking. But, as drilling activity continues to climb and oil continues to support our Texas economy, workers will flock to these jobs and risk their lives in often unsafe environments.
The Top Causes of Accidents at Work
An estimated 2.5 million workers sustained occupational injuries and were treated in emergency rooms in 2018. The most common causes of workplace accidents include:
- Slips, trips, and falls on the same level
- Handling, lifting, or carrying
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Repetitive motions
- Being struck by a moving object or contact with objects and equipment
- Falls from a height
- Fires or explosions
Texas is a state where physically demanding, risky jobs represent the majority of opportunities for many of us. Many other workplace hazards kill and disable thousands of workers each year. Common workplace accident injuries include back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, eye injuries, burns, broken bones, amputations, scarring, hearing loss, toxic exposure, and more. If you’ve been hurt on the job, you have legal rights, and your employer cannot take action against you for asserting them.
Lawyers for Houston Workplace Accidents
Dealing with a work-related injury is not easy. If you have been injured on the job, contact Dax F. Garza, P.C. If your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance or your injuries aren’t sufficiently covered by workers comp, you may be left with a serious financial burden on top of a painful injury. Dax Garza is one of only a small percentage of lawyers who are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, so you can count on him and his team to get you the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. The law places time limitations on your ability to file a claim, so don’t delay in contacting a lawyer for help. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.