How Lack of Regulations Lead to More Workplace Accidents and Personal Injury Lawsuits

December 13, 2013

Personal Injury, Slip and Falls

regulations and workplace accidentsWhen asked, most people will say that less government regulation is better. In some cases, that can be argued.

However, in regards to workplace safety, state and federal regulations are crucial to ensuring the safety of workers and the surrounding community.

What happened in West, Texas, is an example of what can happen when regulations are not in place. In short, a fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas, killing 15 people, injuring hundreds and causing multiple millions of dollars of damage to both its property and surrounding areas.

What regulations were missing?

At the time of the accident, the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, had not been inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) since 1985. The OSHA organization was created in an effort to regulate workplaces and ensure worker safety. In addition to shirking inspections by OSHA, the plant in West also slipped by more than six other regulatory agencies.

What is the correlation between workplace safety and government regulation?

The explosion in West, Texas, is just one example of many accidents that have occurred in Texas. In fact, Texas leads the country in the number of workplace fatalities. Texas has experienced 400 workplace related deaths over the last decade. They also have experienced fires or explosions in 1,300 separate plants across Texas.

The point of this information is to note the result of less regulation on workplace safety. Since Texas brags about their state being regulation free, it is worth noting that they also own the worst record regarding workplace safety.

When these two aspects are considered, it is easy to recognize the correlation between less regulation and more accidents in the workplace. Therefore, it only stands to reason that having more regulation regarding workplace safety would result in less workplace accidents and less lawsuits pertaining to workplace injuries.

If you or someone you love has been injured while at work and are considering a workplace injury lawsuit, call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk personal injury lawyer serving Sarasota at 1-800-753-5203 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

 

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