Every day, many blue collar workers wake up early in the morning to provide for themselves and their families. Many of these men and women work long hours to earn a living. People who are working hard during the week have a right to be safe and unharmed while performing their jobs. Unfortunately, some workers still are subjected to unsafe working conditions at their jobs. Some people are severely injured and even killed while working on the job due to hazardous working environments.
A construction worker from Texas was injured in July of 2015 after being buried in an 8 foot trench below ground where he was working. This incident caused this worker to be severely injured and hospitalized. The trench collapsed again shortly after the man was rescued from it. The employer failed to keep their employees safe. The construction company of the injured worker employs 150 people. Many other workers from this company could have been hurt or killed because of these unsafe working conditions and lack of procedures. This company is responsible for any safety violations that occur in their place of business. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, trench collapses and cave-ins are preventable. This construction company has apparently been cited for at least 16 safety violations and fines up to $400,000.
People working in dangerous and unsafe environments should be taken very seriously. Incidents like one in Texas can cause severe injury and even death. All workers should be safe at all times when performing their jobs. Serious injuries that people obtain from these incidents can affect a person’s work and daily life. At Michael J. O’Connor & Associates, we want all workers to be secure when they enter their work place. We believe companies that do not follow the proper safety procedures to make their employees safe like the one from Texas should be fully responsible for their actions. You should call us for a free case review if you have been involved in injuries such as this. We are here to fight and protect your rights.