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Steel Mill Accident Lawyer

steel-mill-worker-accident-lawsuit Were you or a loved one involved in a steel mill accident or explosion and suffered a personal injury likely covered under workers' compensation? Are you seeking maximum financial compensation for your injuries?

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys represent clients seeking justice in monetary recovery. Call our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free case review.

Industrial workplaces, like shipbuilding yards, steel mills, and chemical plants, can be quite dangerous if occupational safety standards are not followed and preventative measures are not implemented.

Despite OSHA's guidelines and pressure from other federal agencies, some workplaces are negligent in their duty towards the workers. In workplaces like industrial mills, where there is a high risk of injury and fatality, workers must know their rights to get compensated for any damages if they have been in an accident.

Steel Mills: Common Industrial Accidents and Injuries

Unfortunately, workers in steel mills are often exposed to high risk due to their occupational demands. As a result, they experience different injuries and undergo industrial accidents. Here are some common accidents in steel mills:

  • Falls: One of the most common accidents in steel mills is falling. Since these mills have high shelving and scaffolding, they increase the risk of employees falling and getting injured.
  • Fires and Explosions: Explosions and fires have become a growing concern in steel mills. Recently, an explosion in a steel mill in Colorado led to many employees getting injured.
  • Electrocution: Mill workers also experience electrocution since the industry has many electric utilities.
  • Heavy Machinery Accidents: Since industrial mills have heavy machinery, employees can get injured if the machines are not maintained properly or malfunction. Moreover, defective machinery can also lead to industrial accidents.
  • Toxic Chemical Exposure: Workers in steel mills are exposed to chemicals that pose a significant risk to their health. If the employees are not given adequate personal protective equipment or no ventilation in the workplace, employees can get injured.
  • Flying Objects: Flying objects in industrial mills lead to eye injuries. Similarly, if objects fall on the employees, they can lead to injuries.

Most injuries in the workplace are minor, but in some cases, employees experience life-changing injuries. Here are some common injuries reported in steel mill workers:

Who Is Liable for an Industrial Accident?

If you are a victim of a steel mill accident, the effects of the injury on your body can be life-changing. Recovering from such an injury takes a lot of time in which you can lose wages and go through a lot of pain and suffering.

So, if a workplace accident turns your life around, who can you hold liable? As an employee in the US, you can get workers' compensation benefits if you go through a workplace injury.

According to the law, employers who have more than five employees must have this insurance. If you get injured in a steel mill accident, you can get coverage for a portion of lost wages, vocational rehabilitation, medical care, and permanent impairment through workers' compensation.

The insurance also provides death benefits to families who have lost their loved ones in industrial mill accidents.

However, if you have been injured in an industrial mill accident, you can hold your employer accountable by filing a claim against them for the hazardous conditions. Additionally, you might hold the following parties accountable for the accidents:

  • Owners of unsafe properties if your employers do not own the property
  • Designers of defective equipment or manufacturers
  • Negligent subcontractors or vendors

What Determines Compensation for Injured Workers?

For your attorney to establish how much your case is worth, they need to know some important details, including:

  • The nature of the injuries
  • Is surgery required, or will it be a possible treatment method needed in the future?
  • All medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Duration of the recovery period
  • Was there permanent impairment or damage?
  • The number of witnesses at the site of the accident

After getting all this information, our law firm can begin building a case on your behalf. Along with hiring investigation experts, your attorneys will also keep insurance companies at bay. Thus, it's very important to seek legal help since you will not get any compensation yourself.

What to Do After a Steel Mill Accident?

Industrial mill accident victims should take some steps to ensure the protection of their rights. Here are the steps you need to take:

  • Medical Attention: The first thing you need to do is to seek medical attention. You should get immediate medical attention for your injuries, even if they do not seem too serious. For example, you might have internal bleeding or an injury that is not presenting itself immediately.
  • Report: Secondly, you need to report the accident to your supervisor or any authority to make sure the incident has been documented. Fill all the forms and give required interviews to the investigators.
  • Get Statements: If possible, try to get witness statements from people at the accident site as soon as possible. Otherwise, the memories might start fading away, and you may not be able to get the right account of everything that happened.
  • Collect Documentation: After the accident, collect all documentation, including photos of the incident site and equipment involved in the injury. If there is any broken or damaged machinery, make sure to preserve the evidence.
  • Legal Advice: Once you have preserved all the evidence and collected the documentation, get legal advice from an attorney, and seek legal options.

Steel Mill Explosion in Pueblo, Colorado

An example of a steel mill injury is the Pueblo, Colorado steel mill explosion. The explosion in the industrial mill injured eight workers, of which three were in critical condition and were taken to the hospital.

Electric Arc Furnace Involvement

According to reports, the EVRAZ Pueblo incident occurred due to a blast in the electric arc furnace used for melting metal. Therefore, firefighters had to wait for the molten steel to cool down before extinguishing the fire.

The explosion took place in the EVRAZ Pueblo, Colorado Steel Mill, and it was so huge that some people heard it in their homes. Eight workers were injured in this industrial accident, and three of them were critically injured.

EVRAZ had received more than 19 citations previously, ten of them serious OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) safety violations. In 2016, the company paid $100,000 in OSHA fines for the violations. At the moment, all the evidence has not yet been gathered as investigators determine what caused this explosion.

Severe Injuries

The three industrial mill employees who went to the hospital in critical condition had serious burns and respiratory injuries. Three others were treated for their injuries and released. Legally, these catastrophic injuries are considered since they have long-lasting effects.

Who Is Liable?

Documentation showed that the company EVRAZ had been cited 19 times in the past ten years by OSHA. In addition, the company had many workplace hazards and harmful working conditions. Thus, the employees in their Pueblo industrial mill were exposed to risk.

In this scenario, EVRAZ can be held liable for the injuries to the employees.

It's an example for employees in other industrial mills. If your industrial mill has been cited for occupational hazards repeatedly and an injury or accident occurs, you can hold the mill authorities liable for the damages sustained.

History of OSHA Violations

EVRAZ produced over 2.1 million tons of steel products in 2018. The metal made in the plant was used in the defense, rail, infrastructure, and energy sectors.

Accident scene investigators were on hand at a command center to determine what caused the explosion. A United Steelworkers president (local 6787) stated that his organization wanted to be a part of the investigation to determine the precise cause of the blast at the plant.

In 2017, a federal inspector wrote that employees were exposed to struck-by hazards and explosions in EVRAZ's mill. In 2016, the federal agency ordered the company to pay a hefty fine of $103,820 for ten safety OSHA violations and one repeat violation.

At the time, OSHA's Area Director said, "EVRAZ needs to involve their employees in identifying and correcting hazardous conditions to ensure more effective safety and health management systems. EVRAZ needs to fix these hazards before someone is injured or worse."

The company has a history of safety violations. In 2011, the company was ordered by OSHA to pay $49,900 for five serious violations and one repeat violation. At the time, the OSHA area office director said the company had been unable to provide a healthful and safe work environment to its employees.

In the wake of the steel mill explosion, OSHA sent inspectors to the mill to determine the cause of the explosion and assess the extent of the damage.

Seeking Compensation for Steel and Iron Mill Worker Injuries

If you or someone you know is the victim of an industrial mill accident or explosion, there are several options, depending on who was involved and the nature of the accident. Here are some common compensation methods for injured employees:

As a worker, you have several rights, and you must make sure you are not getting less than what you deserve. Therefore, if you have been in an industrial mill accident, you should hire a competent lawyer to recover for economic and non-economic damages.

Working in an industrial setting is dangerous. Your employer is responsible for ensuring your occupation safety, but if they fail to do so and their negligence results in injury or death, you can take the legal approach towards getting compensated for the damages.

Hire Personal Injury Attorneys to Resolve Your Industrial Accident Monetary Claim

Were you, a family member, or a loved one injured in an industrial accident? Are you seeking legal advice to ensure that those responsible are held accountable?

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury law firm represents those hurt in an industrial explosion, accident, or incident. Contact our legal team by phone, email, or through the contact form to immediately discuss your case, what investigators found, and obtaining maximum worker's compensation benefits during a free consultation.

All confidential or sensitive information you share with your personal injury attorney remains private through an attorney-client relationship. (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number)

Our legal team accepts all personal injury cases and wrongful death lawsuits through contingency fee agreements. This promise ensures you pay nothing until your case is resolved through a negotiated settlement or jury award.

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