November 18th, 2013|
November 18, 2013
The Nashville Workers Compensation Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that burn injuries from fires and explosions at the workplace are one of the leading causes of on-the-job fatalities each year. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2012, roughly three percent of all fatal workplace accidents were the result of a fire or explosion at a job site.
The dangers posed by these accidents were underscored earlier this morning when a worker was seriously injured in a blast at a Shelbyville, Tennessee plant. According to a story from the Chattanooga Times-Gazette, the incident happened at around 10:30 a.m. at the Southern Energy facility, located near Lane Parkway.
Reports indicate that victim was filling a tanker with fuel when the blast occurred. As a result, the worker sustained major injuries and was transported to a Nashville trauma center for further treatment.
The blast resulted in a massive fire and smoke cloud that forced nearby schools and businesses to be evacuated.
Experts are on the scene investigating what may have caused the explosion and if it could have been prevented.
The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are aware of how dangerous work-related accidents can be. That’s why the firm would like to wish the victim of this latest accident a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.
October 16th, 2013|
October 16, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 36,638 workers compensation benefits claims were filed in Tennessee last year, resulting in more than $1.7 billion in total compensation and medical bills being paid to accident victims. The Nashville Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that data shows a large portion of these accidents were the result of workers coming into contact with objects or equipment at the worksite.
An article from News Channel 5 states that a worker at the Tennessee Aluminum Processors plant in Maury County was seriously injured in such an accident last week. Reports indicate the incident occurred when the victim ran into a large pot containing molten aluminum. The scalding hot metal left the victim with burn injuries covering 40 percent of his body. He was rushed to a local trauma center and remains hospitalized.
This wasn’t the first accident at the plant resulting in a worker being injured. A 44-year-old worker was killed in April 2012 after coming into contact with a metal grinder. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company $8,000 and ordered the company to make changes following being issued six citations regarding employee safety.
Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers would like to wish the injured worker a speedy recovery and encourage anyone who has been hurt on the job to discuss their legal options with an attorney immediately.
October 11th, 2013|
October 11, 2013
The Nashville Workers Compensation Lawyers with Ponce Law explain the construction industry has one of the highest rates of on-the-job injuries in the United States today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that last year, 9.5 construction workers out of every 100,000 individuals employed in the industry suffered fatal accidents.
In an effort to reduce these numbers and offer better protection of construction worker safety, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be closely watching for businesses in the industry that are committing workers’ compensation fraud. According to Clarksville Online, the department will be specifically targeting behaviors such as:
- Misclassifying employees as contracted workers
- Misrepresenting type of work being done
- Under-reporting employee numbers
- Unlawful benefit deductions from employees’ wages
The department stated that as many as 36,000 construction companies across Tennessee may be guilty of these violations. Furthermore, any company found committing violations would be turned over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation or the appropriate District Attorney General for criminal prosecution. Companies could also face financial penalties, including fines of up to $1,000 as well as being required to pay higher insurance premiums in the future.
Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of the importance of protecting the legal rights of injured workers and are hopeful the new measures are successful in holding greater accountability over employers.