Heavy Industry Accidents

Heavy industry workers are particularly vulnerable to accidents on the job.  Heavy industries can include steel workers, oil drilling, mining, and shipbuilding, among others. Many times, when a heavy industry worker has an accident, the injuries can be catastrophic.  How do heavy industry accidents compare to injuries in other occupations?

Recently, there have been numerous heavy industry accidents in the area, including an accident at Liphart Steel in Verona on February 10, 2020, where a worker unfortunately died after becoming pinned by the tandem axles on a flatbed trailer.  Liphart Steel is a fabricator and erector of structural steel, with a Valley division located in Verona.  The Virginia State Police was called to the scene as a result of a truck being involved in the accident.  Currently, OSHA is investigating this incident.

With the Valley’s focus on industry, heavy industry accidents are common in our area.  When heavy industrial accidents occur in factories, on building sites, in shipyards or on the railroad, their consequences can be devastating.  Mechanical malfunction is frequently one of the primary causes of heavy industry accidents.

Workers’ comp in the heavy industry sector works much the same as for other sectors, except the injuries are often more severe.  In heavy industry, the person injured must have been an employee and the accident must have occurred while he or she was working.  Usually, for heavy industry workers’ comp accidents, the accident happens while the employee is engaged in carrying out his job duties.  This is an important component for Virginia workers’ compensation.

As with any workers’ compensation claim, for an injury in heavy industry it is important to:

  • Get communication from employers in writing on company letterhead.  If your employer tells you that they will give you a job with certain restrictions, where you won’t have to perform certain heavier duties, it is helpful to get that offer in writing on company letterhead.  Many times, we see that employers will make an offer of light-duty work but then demand that the worker do the heavier duties anyway.
  • Get work restrictions from your doctor in writing.  If you doctor says you must work light-duty and gives you restrictions, ask him or her to put those restrictions in writing.  Frequently, we see there can be a disconnect between what the doctor says and what we as patients hear.  Or, we also see problems with the doctor forgetting the restrictions he or she recommended.  Having the restrictions communicated in writing is the best bet to prevent any miscommunication.

 

Talk To An Experienced Virginia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

If you have questions about how to describe your heavy industry work accident or any other questions about your Virginia Workers’ Comp claim, it is wise to contact a lawyer for some advice.

If you’ve been injured on the job, it is helpful to talk to a lawyer who is experienced in workers’ compensation claims. At the Ritchie Law Firm, you can talk to us for FREE . . . NO STRINGS ATTACHED! We can give you advice on your claim before you make a decision that could damage your case. Check out our article on “How Much Does a Workers’ Comp Lawyer Cost” here.

At the Ritchie Law Firm, we have successfully handled thousands of workers’ compensation claims. We’ve seen injured workers who have trusted the insurance adjuster only to find out that their time to file the paperwork to protect their claim had expired.

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