Can You Sue If You Get Burned at Work?

  • July 4, 2022
  • Evans/Reilley

Workplace accidents happen, and when they do, you may wonder when you can sue if you get burned at work. These thoughts are understandable, particularly when you are undergoing medical treatments and need time off to recuperate from your injury. Rising expenses and loss of wages can soon become worrisome and stressful, and you need to know your rights and what your options are when it comes to recovering expenses and damages. Can You Sue if You Get Burned at Work? If a burn injury occurs while you are at work, you may be required to file a workers’ compensation claim first. If not, suing your employer or a negligent third party is a potential option, depending upon the circumstances surrounding the accident. If you work for an em[...]

Risks of Working the Night Shift

  • August 6, 2019
  • Evans/Reilley

Do you work the late shift? Alternative shift workers face several hazards. If your work hours occur when most people are asleep and you sleep when most people are awake, you might suffer from the effects Shift Work Disorder, which is characterized by disturbances in sleep patterns, including insomnia, non-restorative sleep, and excessive sleepiness. People who suffer from SWD (sometimes called Shift Work Sleep Disorder) might feel fatigued at work, especially if they are working extended work hours, which is common in shift work. Other symptoms include impaired cognitive abilities, anxiousness and irritability, unintentionally falling asleep on the job, reduced job performance, and increased incidence of on-the-job injuries. Who is at [...]

Accidental Injuries Climb as Cause of Death in U.S.

  • March 21, 2018
  • Evans/Reilley

In January, the National Safety Council announced that in 2016, 161,374 people died from accidental injuries. That was the first year in recorded history that accidental injury was the third leading cause of death. The NSC analysis of fatality data found accident-related fatalities increased 10 percent in 2016, compared to the previous year. In the same time period, vehicle crash deaths increased 6.8 percent. Crashes killed 40,327 people, and unintentional opioid overdoses claimed 37,814 lives. Fatal accidents are usually preventable. But inattention, judgment errors, and outright negligence continue to cause fatal accidents year after year. In the press release about its analysis, NSC president and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said, [...]

Construction Worker Deaths Continue

  • October 25, 2017
  • Evans/Reilley

Construction in Texas is booming – so much so that some construction companies are turning down big contracts, because they don’t have the laborers needed for the job. One might assume that’s good news for construction workers, because it means there are plenty of job opportunities. But these jobs often pay very little, and workers have a high risk of workplace injuries and fatalities. Texas leads the nation in construction workplace fatalities – a construction worker dies on the job every three days, and more than 70 Texas construction workers died at work during the first four months of 2017. This deadly trend isn’t specific to Texas, however. An in-depth study found that in the south, construction workers are exposed to [...]

Workplace Fatigue: Bad for Business and Workers

  • May 22, 2017
  • Evans/Reilley

Before the age of cell phones and computers, most of the United States workforce reported to work at a certain time, and when they clocked out and came home, they put the workday behind them. But today, many people seem to be always “on the clock” – for example, checking email after dinner and before bedtime. Maintaining that kind of hectic lifestyle may undermine healthy sleep patterns. So, in an effort to accomplish more in a day – to be more productive – workers may be missing out on valuable hours of sleep, which in turn makes them less productive throughout the day. Most adults of working age need seven to nine hours of sleep per night – and at the very least, six hours. Getting too little sleep, or sleep of poor [...]

Texas Chicken Processing Plant Fined for Multiple Safety Violations

  • October 21, 2016
  • Evans/Reilley

In August, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a 19-page report, detailing its findings of a February inspection at the Tyson chicken processing plant near Center, Texas. OSHA also released results of a July inspection, and, altogether, inspectors found the company guilty of 15 serious and two repeat safety violations, with fines totaling $263,000. These inspections revealed potentially deadly hazards, like the lack of safety guards on machines. One worker lost a finger in one such machine at the Center plant earlier in 2016 while trying to dislodge a jam. Tyson safety violations are not isolated – OSHA has been uncovering hazards in chicken processing plants for years, in Texas and elsewhere. But for a comp[...]