People should feel safe when they go to work each day, however many jobs can be very dangerous. Especially in risky industries, companies must take every safety precaution possible to protect the lives of their employees. However, as the Secretary of Labor mentioned in a 2012 speech, approximately 13 Americans go to work each day and do not come home. The Department of Labor created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in order to track workplace deaths and enforce new regulations to prevent future incidents. If your spouse or immediate family member was killed while on the job, it may have been the company's fault. Contact a Tyrone wrongful death lawyer to see if you have a wrongful death claim against the company.
According to OSHA, 4,609 people were killed while at work in 2011. Some of the jobs with the highest risk of injury or death include construction, electricians, logging, pilot, and iron or steel workers. OSHA works hard to ensure regulations are in place for companies in these industries to keep their workers safe, however companies are not always compliant. In 2011, ten of the most frequent regulation violations involved:
- Electrical wiring
- Powered industrial trucks
- Safety requirements for scaffolding
- Hazard communication standard
- Fall protection on construction sites
- Unstable ladders
- Improper machine guarding
- Lack of control of hazardous energy
- Insufficient respiratory protection
- Control of hazardous energy
- Poor electrical systems design
When companies fail to meet safety standards set by OSHA, they are putting numerous employees in danger simply for wanting to work and earn a living. Employees should be able to support their families without risking their lives every day. Therefore, if a company is to blame for a workplace death, that company should be held liable via a wrongful death lawsuit. If your loved one has died while on the job because of unnecessary workplace hazards, it is important that you call a Tyrone wrongful death lawyer to discuss your case. Do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 today for a free consultation.