Attorneys With Experience Representing Workers Injured In Industrial Accidents
Employers have a duty to their employees to provide a safe work environment that protects them for being needlessly ignored on the job. However, industrial workplaces such as factories, energy plants and warehouses have a higher than average rate of injury for their workers. Employees that are injured on the job deserve to be fairly compensated for the costs these accidents have, both financially and to their quality of life.
With a practice devoted exclusively to the representation of people injured in accidents, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers appreciates the short and long-term impacts of a Chicago industrial accident. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident in an industrial setting in Illinois, we invite you to contact our law firm for a free review of your case. Only if there is a recovery for you, will legal fee be charged.
Types Of Industrial Accidents
Industrial workplaces vary from factories and warehouse to chemical plants and refineries. Each environment is very different and has its own risks and hazards. However, in general, industrial work is more dangerous and causes more injuries than other workplace sectors. Some common industrial accidents involve:
- Forklift accidents
- Falling objects
- Slips, trips and falls
- Machinery or equipment injuries
- Explosions or blast injuries
- Chemical burns or inhalation
Industrial Accident Injuries
Industrial injuries are a concern as the accidents can often be more serious than other workplaces. In the case of a plant or refinery explosion, there may be dozens of lives lost in one incident and possibly hundreds injured. There are very few industries where the risk is so high. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is estimated that 2 out of every 1,000 industrial workers will lose their life from a workplace accident over their lifetime.
For example, there have been several combustible dust explosions in the last decade in the industrial industry. These accidents happened in a foundry, a pharmaceutical plastic plant and an insulation factory. It took only dust particles, heat and air to start the fire and for them to be dispersed and confined in a dust cloud for them to explode. Three of these accidents killed 16 people and injured 84 more.
OSHA Regulations & Their Interplay With Industrial Accidents
One of the many intricacies of an industrial accident injury lawsuit is whether the employer was complying with OSHA standards for safety when the accident happened. It is important that the attorneys representing an injured worker know the laws and regulations surrounding the industry before compiling a work injury case. According to OSHA, many of the top ten safety citations or violations that were given in 2011 were in industrial industries:
- Communicating hazards
- Respiratory protection
- Electrical design
- Machine guards
- Powered industrial trucks
Your work injury attorney that handles your case will identify the applicable OSHA regulations and standards that may have not been followed. This information can be used to help show liability on the part of your employer.Industrial Accident Injury Lawyers Serving Workers in Illinois
Due to the severity of many industrial injuries, employees need to have experienced attorneys that will fight for the financial compensation they need to pay for: medical bills, loss of income and ongoing expenses. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are knowledgeable in OSHA laws and standards as well as other state and federal regulations. We will investigate your job-related accident and use experts to compile a winning case, whether it goes to trial or ends in an agreed financial settlement. Our initial consultation is always free and there is never a fee unless we make a recovery for you in the case.