Companies Must Take Reasonable Steps to Ensure Worker Safety

by Monty Yolles on December 4, 2012

Safety in the Workplace

The first week on a new job is often memorable, considering the heightened anxiety that accompanies life changes.  You may spend hours filling out paperwork, reading manuals, and watching or listening to safety briefings. Most companies spend considerable time and effort to meet safety regulations and protect workers by providing more than adequate training for new employees.

However, all the safety training in the world can’t prevent accidents if the employer allows unsafe conditions to exist.  A routine workday can quickly turn into a nightmare for the unwary worker.

Such was the case for Eliazar Trevino Jr.  Mr Trevino was working in an oilfield when a pipe casing fell from an oilfield elevator onto Mr. Trevino.  The impact caused significant nerve injuries to Mr. Trevino’s shoulder and neck.

At trial, evidence showed that the elevator did not work properly and the company knew or should have known about the problems with the elevator.  The company claimed that the elevator was not latched properly by other employees and that Mr. Trevino shouldn’t have been beneath the elevator.  The jury disagreed and found the company liable, awarding Mr. Trevino $11 million for his damages.

As we’ve reported before, this is not the first time a company ignored potential hazards, nor will it be the last time a business elects to ignore the risks to the employees on the ground.  If you feel your injury was caused by a hazardous condition at your workplace, contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

The Yolles Legal Group is dedicated to helping restore lives after a wrongful injury.  Monty Yolles, founder of The Yolles Legal Group, is an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to monty@yolleslaw.com.

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