Any type of industrial accident is one that can cause serious injury or even death.
Each person has the right to a safely maintained workplace, and should not have to suffer injuries in order to make a living. However, while some jobs present very real threats, such as those involving large machinery, some workplaces poison an individual through exposure to toxic substances. This might happen quickly in a single incident, but most often it occurs incrementally over time.
Asbestos is a material made up of numerous mineral fibers that are chemically altered and/or treated. The substance was manufactured as an insulation, a building material and floor tiles. It has also been used in vehicle clutches and brakes. Many industries that used to work with the substance here in Louisiana and elsewhere discontinued its use due to toxic exposure caused by its microscopic fibers that are not visible to the naked eye.
In April 2015, a Louisiana company experienced deja vu when a truck driver was injured in a manner "exactly" like an accident that occurred in 1999. At that time, the company was urged to improve its safety standards in order to prevent the same type of accident. Both explosions caused injuries to third-party truck drivers, but the most recent incident has altered the trucker's life forever.
When people think of law enforcement officers dying in the line of duty, their thoughts more than likely gravitate toward shootings and/or fights -- especially considering recent tragedies across the country. Most people probably do not think about a police officer being killed in an auto accident. However, that is exactly what happened recently here in Louisiana.
Many of the duties construction workers perform here in Louisiana and across the country put their lives at risk, which is why safety procedures, policies and equipment are so important. When the safety regulations enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are not followed, construction site accidents can cause serious or fatal injuries to workers. For example, a trench collapse is often preventable if the proper safety equipment is in place.
Many Louisiana industrial workers would agree that their jobs expose them to injury often enough without their employers contributing to the problem. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration establishes rules and regulations that employers are required to follow in order to reduce the known hazards to their employees. Every industry accepts that certain risks come with the job, but when a company is made aware of safety hazards and continues to exhibit a flagrant disregard for its workers, industrial accidents are bound to happen.
Industrial workers are well aware of the dangers that come with their jobs. Exposure to large machinery, toxic chemicals and other hazards could easily lead to industrial accidents. Any Louisiana worker injured by one of these hazards has legal rights.
Construction sites by their very nature include hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires Louisiana employers, among other agencies, to ensure that those hazards are either accounted for through the use of proper safety measures and equipment or eliminated, if possible. Without these protections, construction site accidents can occur that cause injuries to workers that vary from minor to fatal.
Anyone in Louisiana who works in construction already knows that the industry can be dangerous. For many construction workers, the four most common causes of construction site accidents will not come as a surprise. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified the top four dangers to be from falling, being struck by something, being caught in or between objects, and being electrocuted.