Failure to Conduct Safety Inspections
There are guidelines and rules put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding safety inspections. When an employer disregards these rules, resulting in a failure to conduct safety inspections, employee injuries can occur.
The rules put in place by OSHA are especially important for construction, plant, and industrial workers. If you have been injured on the job and believe it may have been due to employer negligence, contact The Law Offices of Richard J. Plezia & Associates.
OSHA and Failure to Conduct Safety Inspections
A plant, construction, or other industrial employer must determine which inspection procedures and rules apply to their company. Examples of equipment that must be inspected are:
- Manlifts and powered platforms
- Derricks and cranes
- Modified equipment
- Dry chemical extinguishers
- Power presses
- Forging equipment
- Cutting and welding equipment
- Commercial vehicles
- Respiratory protection
If an employer fails to comply with safety inspections, they may face fines, penalties, and even be shut down. However, that is only if the negligence is reported. When negligent failure of safety inspections is not reported or is overlooked, an employee can be injured.
Job Injuries Caused by Lack of Safety Inspections
Equipment used in an industrial or construction setting can be dangerous without regular maintenance and safety inspections. Unreliable or malfunctioning equipment can cause serious injuries or even death. This is why it is important to have regular safety inspections—but employers do not always follow the OSHA rules on inspections.
Injuries resulting from equipment that has not been properly inspected can include:
- Burns from fires, heat, or chemicals
- Broken or fractured bones or joints
- Brain or spine injuries
Other injuries may occur depending on the equipment and the accident. Regardless of how serious equipment malfunctions are, the injuries caused should not be taken lightly. Get medical care immediately after an accident on the job to assess the damage and ensure proper recovery.
Compensation for Injuries on the Job
After a workplace injury due to a failure to conduct safety inspections, the first step should be to seek legal counsel from a Houston job injury lawyer. You may not know for sure whether or not equipment failure was due to a lack of proper safety inspections, but an attorney can uncover this information. Any time employer negligence results in injuries to an employee, the employee is eligible for compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Other expenses related to the incident, including lost wages
Recovery from injuries can take time, depending on the extent of the injuries. An employee injured on the job should not go back to work until their doctor says it is okay. An employer may pressure an employee to come back to work, and it is helpful to have an attorney on your side in these situations as well.
Get Help from a Houston Job Injury Lawyer
Being injured on the job can put you through a long recovery, with costly medical bills and mental or emotional stress. The Law Offices of Richard J. Plezia & Associates has decades of experience successfully handling job injury and personal injury claims. When you have been injured at work, get knowledgeable representation by calling 1-800-428-1853 or learn more by checking out our workplace accident FAQs.