Common Causes of Employee Injury / Death

Good employers attempt to keep the workplace a safe place to work. They comply with OSHA standards as well as any other standards applicable to their industry or in their city or town. Nevertheless, there tend to be certain causes of workplace injuries that persist.

Defective Machinery and Equipment

Machines and equipment used in the workplace have, for the most part, become safer over the years. Manufacturers, carpenters, welders, and others use and rely on machines and equipment on a daily basis. However, a significant number of workers are injured or killed each each as a result of defective machinery. Some machines have inadequate or non-existent safety guards. Other machines might present electrical hazards. According to NIOSH NTOF data from 1980 to 1998, work injuries from machinery ranked third after motor vehicle crashes and homicide as the cause of death. The following industries ranked the highest for machinery injuries: agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and construction. Common cause of these injuries were when employees were struck by or against an object, caught in or compressed by equipment, and/or caught in or crushed in collapsing materials.


Virtually every jobsite has fall hazards, and OSHA has certain standards in place to protect workers. Any surface used for walking or working could be a hazard. The CDC has determined that an unprotected side or edge six feet or greater above a lower level should be protected from falling by using a guardrail system, safety net system, or personal fall arrest system. Surprisingly, serious injury or death can result from a fall from a relatively low height. Employees are injured each year when doing things as seemingly innocuous as changing a light bulb while standing on a step ladder. NIOSH National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities (NTOF) Surveillance System data found that falls from elevations were the fourth leading cause of employee death from 1980 through 1994.

Fires and Explosions

Fires and explosions can happen anywhere, but they are most likely to happen in a workplace with heavy equipment and/or dangerous chemicals. Burn injuries can cause great pain, and jobsite fire safety must be paramount. Employers should train employees about fire hazards what to do in the event of a fire. OSHA believes that such a plan should outline assignments of key personnel in the event of a fire and provide an evacuation plan for workers. Moreoever, in the construction industry, those in charge should establish a "fire plan" prior to starting any demolition projects.

Motor Vehicle Collisions

A significant portion of at-work injuries each year are caused by motor vehicle collisions. These "wrecks" can implicate a number of legal and compensation issues. For example, in many cases, someone other than the employer is liable for the crash and might have insurance coverage to pay for harms and losses suffered by the injured employee. However, in such a case, the employee can also likely obtain compensation through the workers' compensation system.

Our law firm’s principal office is in downtown Dallas, Texas, but we represent people across Texas, for employee injury and deathclaims, in cities and areas including the following:  Abilene, Albany, Alice, Alpine, Amarillo, Angleton, Arlington, Austin, Bay City, Baytown, Beaumont, Benavides, Big Spring, Boerne, Bonham, Bowie, Brazoria, Brownsville, Brownwood, Bryan, Buffalo, Carthage, Centerville, Childress, Clarksville, Cleburne, College Station, Commerce, Conroe, Corpus Christi, Corsicana, Crockett, Daingerfield, Dalhart, Dallas, Decatur, Del Rio, Denton, DFW Metroplex, Dumas, Eagle Pass, Eastland, Edinburg, El Paso, Emory, Ennis, Fairfield, Falfurrias, Fort Stockton, Fort Worth, Freer, Gainesville, Galveston, Garland, Gatesville, Gilmer, Granbury, Grapevine, Greenville, Groom, Harlingen, Henderson, Hillsboro, Houston, Huntsville, Irving, Jacksboro, Jasper, Kaufman, Kerrville, Killeen, Kingsville, Kingwood, Laredo, Liberty, Livingston, Llano, Longview, Lorena, Lubbock, Lufkin, Mansfield, Marathon, Marshall, McAllen, Mesquite, Midland, Mineola, Mineral Wells, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Nacogdoches, New Braunfels, Odessa, Orange, Ozona, Palestine, Pampa, Paris, Pasadena, Pearland, Pecos, Pharr, Plainview, Port Arthur, Quinlan, Raymondville, Richland, Rio Grande City, Rio Grande Valley, Sanford, Sonora, San Angelo, San Antonio, San Marcos, Seguin, Shamrock, Sheffield, Sherman, Spring, Stephenville, Sulphur Springs, Sweetwater, Tawakoni, Temple, Terrell, Texarkana, Texas City, Thurber, Tulia, Tyler, Van Horn, Vernon, Victoria, Waco, Waxahachie, Weatherford, Wharton, Whitesboro, Whitewright, Wichita Falls, Wills Point, The Woodlands, and Woodville.

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