Two Louisiana workers suffered fatal work-related injuries this month. In Houma, a Gulf Island Fabrication worker was killed when a cable at his work site loosened in the process of moving a 700-pound metal sheet piling. Also, a R&R Construction contractor was electrocuted and killed while working on a chlor-alkali unit.
These two tragic accidents highlight the critical need for employers to maintain safe working environments for workers, especially in the construction industry. The construction industry remains one of the most dangerous industries for workers, and all too often many of these hazards stem from employer negligence.
Employers are legally required to provide a reasonably safe work environment and to warn workers of all hazards associated with their work. If an employer fails to meet these requirements and this failure causes an employee’s injury, the employer may be held legally responsible for the injury. Examples of employer negligence include an employer’s failure to implement adequate safety procedures and an employer’s failure to properly train employees. An employer may also be held liable if it knowingly subjects its employees to dangerous working conditions.
If you or a loved one were recently injured in the workplace, you should contact an attorney to discuss your legal rights. Various remedies may be available to you depending on your employment status, including workers compensation, or damages for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical expenses. An experienced attorney can assist you in analyzing your legal claims. For questions, contact Broussard & David at 1-888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local).