Safety in the workplace should be an employer’s number one priority, but accidents do happen. According to the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) industrial explosions are one of the most common construction accidents. They can happen anywhere and for many reasons. Industrial accidents generally cause the most catastrophic injuries an employee can suffer. From severe burns, to loss of limb, to loss of life, we at Farah & Farah have represented clients who have suffered minor construction injuries to some of the most debilitating workplace injuries due to explosions in the workplace.
For example, OSHA, quoting the Chemical Safety Board, reports there have been 280 combustible dust explosions since 1980 that have killed 133 and injured 730 workers. Sugar, metal, coal, plastic, wood, and medicines all have the potential to explode or combust when dust is released.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports construction and extraction occupations experienced the highest number of industrial explosion fatalities (38) in 2005, followed by production workers (29) and material moving occupation (25) out of the 159 fatalities from fires and explosions at work that year.
We have investigated hundreds of workplace accidents caused by industrial explosions that occur because of unsafe working conditions, a lack of training and unsafe equipment. Some of the most common were in manufacturing plants that simply failed to follow OSHA’s standard rules and regulations. However, these cases are far from standard when proving the cause of the injury and whether an employer was following these rules and regulations. Our team of Jacksonville construction accident lawyers know what to look for in determining whether the employer failed to follow OSHA’s regulations.
Industrial explosion cases are some of the most complex cases a personal injury attorney can litigate. If you or someone you know has been injured on the job due to an explosion, it is imperative that you seek the counsel of Jacksonville lawyers knowledgeable about industrial explosions who know how to navigate through the complexities and nuances of industrial explosion cases and how to ensure that you are receiving the worker’s comp benefits to which you are entitled.
Jacksonville FL Industrial Explosion Attorneys Understand Workers Compensation Laws
Whatever the cause for industrial explosions, if you were injured on the job, you should be covered by worker’s compensation in Florida. Most employers are required to carry worker’s compensation insurance and as an employee, you are entitled to benefits under this insurance. Loss of pay, both now and in the future, medical expenses, and rehabilitation services are just some of the benefits to which you are entitled if you’ve been injured while working on the job. There are some exceptions that allow an injured construction site worker to receive additional damages by filing an action against a third party who contributed to the injury. Whether the construction equipment was dangerous and defective, or a driver from another company caused your injury, it is important to contact a Florida construction accident attorney immediately after a workplace injury to preserve your rights and the evidence needed to prove your case. Farah & Farah’s Jacksonville injury attorneys have represented thousands of Florida and South Georgia employees who have been injured on the job and we have the expertise and legal team to determine what your rights are under worker’s compensation laws.
Call us today at 855-797-9899 for a free legal consultation. You need to know what your rights are as an injured employee.