When a worker is injured on the job, it is important to figure out what caused the accident and who may be responsible. The negligence of the employer or other workers may be a factor. Third parties, like a manufacturer or designer of defective work equipment or a motorist who is not connected to a work site, may also be at fault.
Experienced Texas personal injury lawyers keep these factors in mind when helping clients determine who is responsible for a workplace accident. They also keep a close eye on data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding safe and unsafe worksites, practices, and situations.
According to OSHA, 57 percent of on the job deaths in 2013 could be chalked up to just four causes: falls, workers being struck by objects, electrocution, and being pinned in or between pieces of large equipment or other items. This means that 478 workers lost their lives in 2013 due solely to these four types of accidents – and that workplaces have a responsibility to pay attention to safety concerns in these areas.
Overall, 4,585 workers lost their lives on the job in 2013 in the United States, according to OSHA. Although this number is the second-lowest for any year since 1992, it still means that, on average, 12 workers died in the U.S. every day in 2013. Thousands more suffered injuries that caused them to miss work – and many of them had to quit working altogether. For those who are injured on the job, an attorney’s help can be invaluable in protecting their rights and ensuring the brightest possible future.