OSHA pushes employers to provide an environment where their employees can work with a reasonable expectation of not being harmed, so when OSHA rules are broken, an employer could potentially be held liable for an employee’s injuries. Now a worker in Louisiana is claiming just such violations against Valero Refining.
Why Is Valero Being Sued For Negligence?
On August 18, 2014, a mechanic pipefitter was working on Valero Refining’s hydrocracker project in Meraux, LA. When it came time to leave, the man slipped and fell down a flight of steps. He injured his arm, neck, back and hip in the fall and soon discovered that he had respiratory complications. The man quickly realized how this accident had happened.
What Was The Cause Of This Workplace Accident?
A puddle of hazardous chemicals had spilled at the worksite, and the mechanic had been forced to walk through the mess while exiting the building. Not only did the chemicals cause him to slip, but their hazardous fumes had also damaged his lungs. The man contacted an attorney and has now filed a lawsuit claiming damages of over $50,000.
This man’s lawsuit claims that Valero was negligent in providing a safe work environment. It claims that better worker policies, procedures, and posted warnings could have prevented this accident, and now the victim is pursuing compensation for his pain.
Unfortunately, accidents like this happen quite often, and that is why workers in the oil fields or on oil rigs need experienced representation by their side. The lawyers of Galloway Jefcoat have nearly 15 years of experience helping the victims of personal injuries and workplace accidents. Check out our employer negligence page to learn more about your employee rights, and keep following our blog for more news and information.
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