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Accident Attorney -OSHA Violations
By: lawyer project, Sun May 22nd, 2011
With oil and gas at such a high premium today, there are thousands of companies in the United States working to extract these valuable resources from lands here in the U.S, including a multitude of other minerals. Oil and gas extraction is classified by the North American Industry Classification System as mining, not drilling and they are held to a strict set of regulations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. If you or someone you know works for or has worked for a company that violated OSHA regulations and an accident occurred, contact an accident attorney to get your case evaluated.
While most companies adhere to these standards, OSHA violations are far too prevalent, the result being workers injured on the job. The general public generally doesn't hear much about these companies until a disaster strikes, then it becomes national media. The gulf oil spill is a perfect case in point.
There are over 100 fatal accidents in the oil and gas extraction industry caused by transportation, contact with equipment, and explosions/fires. Nearly five percent of all full time workers will suffer a serious but nonfatal accident while working in the oil and gas extraction industry. Many of these accidents and fatalities happen because of companies not following OSHA regulations. If you or anyone you know as been killed or injured in an accident due to OSHA violations, contact an accident attorney to get a free case evaluation. They can help with any type of OSHA violation.
Some of the most common areas that OSHA regulates include:
- Guards on all moving parts
- Permissible exposure limits
- Lockout/tag out
- Confined space
- Hazard Communication
- Process Safety Management
- Blood borne Pathogens
- Excavations and Trenches
- Exposure to asbestos
If any of the strict regulations in place are not followed by the company, it can result in very costly fines and even shutdowns in some cases. More importantly if these regulations are not followed, respected companies are putting their employees at risk. If you or someone you know works for or has worked for a company that violated OSHA regulations and accident occurred, contact an accident attorney to get your case evaluated.
It is important to know that you cannot be fired for reporting an OSHA violation. Many companies try to scare their employees by threatening "whistleblowers" with termination. This is illegal and immoral, when a company gets lazy and screws up they should be held accountable, especially when it is your safety and wellbeing on the line. Contact an accident attorney for any type of OSHA violation. They will assess the merits of your case and advise you on the next step.
About the Author:
The Elite Lawyer Project was developed by a group of business people with a quest to identify great personal injury attorneys, one per market, to help the personal injury victim wade through the lawyer selection process.