Ashley Furniture, which has several locations in Texas, is facing dozens of workplace safety violations from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. According to OSHA, workers at an Ashley factory in Wisconsin suffered over 1,000 injuries at work since 2012. The company was fined $1.8 million for 38 workplace safety violations.
In his lawsuit filed in Galveston County District Court, a Santa Fe man alleges that his employer, Diamond Hydraulics Inc. of Hitchcock, did not want him to make a workers' compensation claim for his workplace injury. Now he is suing for over $1 million dollars to cover physical pain, disfigurement, lost wages and inability to earn income along with interest and legal fees. The lawsuit accuses his employer of violating employment law, retaliation and deceptive actions.
Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a report on the financial toll of workplace injuries. It notes that job-related injuries and illnesses cost billions of dollars every year. Despite the availability of workers' compensation, injured workers and their families still end up shouldering approximately half of these costs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 13 million workers in the United States may be exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin, putting them at risk for occupational skin diseases. While workplaces normally focus on preventing damage that can be caused by inhalation of potentially hazardous substances, not nearly as much as done to prevent people from skin exposure.
Many of the trades employed at a construction site require specialized training and experience. That training and experience enable you to perform your tasks in an efficient and safe manner.
Texas is the only state in the union that does not require employers to carry workers' compensation insurance. During a legislative hearing, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) reported that approximately 500,000 Texas workers have no insurance coverage for occupational injuries.