Workplace accidents can happen in any industry or type of business. Some industries, however, are more likely to experience accidents that result in injured employees or other situations. The construction, oil and gas as well as transportation industries are all known to have higher than average rates of people being injured on the job and associated claims. Employees in these situations can face lost wages, out-of-pocket medical expenses and more.
In the state of Alabama, the number of people employed in industries with high rates of work-related injuries is high. The news media recently reported on one such situation that happened in the summer of 2010 and recently culminated in a jury decision at the end of the associated trial. It is in the farming sector, another business known for being quite dangerous. A man was helping a co-worker by holding a boom digger when the machine hit a portion of ground that was very hard. The action resulted in the man’s genitalia being skinned by the rotating drill portion of the machinery.
In the trial process, it was ascertained that the farm owner had not provided a safe workplace in which the men could perform their jobs. Furthermore, proper procedure would have it such that the boom digger need not be held in place, eliminating the possibility for the same accident to occur. As a result, the farm owner has been ordered to pay the injured worker a total sum of $4 million.
A workplace injury accident can lead to permanent disfigurement, permanent disability or even death. Employers should be held liable for creating safe environments and training workers in safe practices. Anyone injured in an incident on the job may consider talking to an attorney to learn more about their rights and the responsibilities of their employers.
Source: Claims Journal, “Alabama Farmer Asked to Pay $4M in Accident,” January 25, 2014