San Antonio Work Injury Attorney
Work accidents happen every day in the United States. Sadly, many of these accidents are very serious and, on average, every single day 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year, nearly 4 million Americans suffer a workplace injury from which many may never recover. Almost always, these tragedies are preventable, even though such accidents often disable workers and devastate families. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), 4,609 workers were killed on the job in 2011. This number equates to 13 deaths per day. This number was up from 4,551 in 2010.
Recently, the boom in the oil & gas industry, and industries that support oil & gas production and exploration, has led to a drastic increase in worker fatalities and injuries in Texas. This has caught the attention of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and other agencies that monitor worker safety issues. According to an analysis by the Houston Chronicle, oil and gas workers in Texas were more likely to die on the job than those in any other line of work. They found that, while overall workplace deaths in Texas declined, oil and gas fatalities actually rose. Between 2007 and 2011, OSHA investigated at least 84 cases in which oil and gas workers were killed on the job. The death rates for oil and gas in Texas are among the highest of any industry in the state.
The oil and gas industry is not the only industry plagued with large numbers of worker injuries and deaths. Many other industries also have high incidences of injury-causing accidents. OSHA,the government agency charged with ensuring worker safety and investigating on-the-job injuries and deaths, has the authority to fine companies for failing to follow OSHA regulations. The top 10 most frequently-cited OSHA violations are:
- Fall protection;
- Hazard communication;
- Electrical, wiring methods;
- Powered industrial trucks;
- General Electrical;
- Machine guarding.
American and migrant workers are exposed to needless hazards every day that cause injury, disability, and wrongful death. Oftentimes, these accidents are the fault of a co-worker or a contractor working at the same site. In some cases, a general corporate philosophy that emphasizes profits and production over safety can be lead to problems. Regardless of the cause, all employers, and employees, should work together with a focus on safety.
Sometimes industrial accidents can be so large in scale that they affect the surrounding community. Among some prominent examples are the Texas City BP refinery explosion and the West, Texas Fertilizer plant explosion. In each instance, the blasts were large enough to destroy property in a large radius around the explosions. Further, in both instances, individuals far away from the explosions suffered a variety of injuries.
The San Antonio work injury attorney at Hill Law Firm have represented many people injured on the job, whom have lost loved ones from accidents on the job, and others affected by industrial accidents that were merely unfortunate to have been so close to an explosion. The work accident lawyers at Hill Law Firm with locations in Houston and San Antonio have assisted those injured in the following workplace scenarios:
- Offshore Maritime Workers;
- Refinery Workers;
- Plant Workers;
- Workers Exposed to Asbestos;
- Oil Rig Workers;
- Commercial Drivers; and
- Railroad Workers (FELA).
Almost always, there is a specific cause to the accident that could have been avoided with a proper focus on safety. If you or your loved one has suffered an injury on the job or by an industrial accident, call the San Antonio workplace injury attorneys at Hill Law Firm for a free consultation.