From unsafe working conditions to repetitive stress, there are many reasons why people continue to be injured on the job. Unfortunately, a work accident victim may struggle with a wide variety of hardships that make daily life incredibly difficult. In addition to physical pain and disability caused by a neck injury, back injury or other ailment, people who are dealing with this may also struggle to pay their medical expenses and have financial difficulties due to lost wages, among other problems. At The Sapp Law Firm, we understand how devastating workplace injuries often are for people in Jasper, Walker and throughout the state of Alabama. As a result, we work hard to stand up for the rights of employees who are going through this.
Despite the laws that are in place to protect employees from unsafe working conditions, not all accidents and incidents can be avoided. When they do occur, occupational accidents can result in workers being seriously injured, or killed. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2012, the most recent year with statistics available, 84 workers sustained fatal work-related injuries in Alabama alone.
Employers in Jasper and elsewhere have a responsibility to ensure a safe working environment for their employees. This includes making sure that equipment is in good working order. Not doing so can result in a workplace accident, which could have lasting effects on workers who suffer injury.
An injury can be sustained in any line of work. An Alabama worker in some industries or job functions can have an inherently higher rate of being involved in a work-related injury than others. Construction, mining and transportation are among these industries. When an employee is injured on the job, one means by which he or she can receive help is through the system of workers’ compensation.
Alabama employees in any industry can be at risk for contracting illnesses or being injured in the line of duty. A work-related injury can leave a worker unable to work for a short time or for an extended period of time, resulting in serious financial hardship from lost wages. Such a challenge can be in addition to sometimes painful physical or emotional components of the injury. In extreme situations, death even occurs.
Every day, countless Alabamans put their life on the line when they go to work—police, firefighters, construction workers and many others. Even those who work in retail environments could be subjected to dangerous working conditions and suffer a work-related injury. The federal organization referred to as OSHA is charged with setting safety standards in all of the different industries to make sure that companies are in compliance. No company, large or small, is exempt from their inspections.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration--otherwise referred to as OSHA--is purposed with making sure that business comply with certain safety standards in various industries and create a safe work environment for their employees. Unfortunately, even after receiving citations and paying monetary fines, some companies still don't comply. Work-related negligence such as this can lead to illness or injury of employees.