Workers in the power industry are exposed to a wide range of dangerous situations, from heavy machinery to high voltage. Serious injuries can leave workers and their families with questions about their legal options, especially when insurance refuses to pay medical bills and other expenses.
The risks power industry workers face
These are just a few examples of the kinds of hazards someone working in the power industry might encounter:
- High voltage. Any work involving electricity poses a threat to health. In addition to following safety procedures set out in employer guidelines, workers also need to be sure to review the documentation for equipment they work with. Quite often an electrical hazard can be hidden, making it important to read warning labels and other instructions.
- Carcinogenic toxins. Working in the power industry can expose employees to a wide range of potentially cancer-causing substances. These include benzene and other industrial solvents, gasses like sulfur dioxide, and construction materials like asbestos. Workers in nuclear facilities can also be exposed to unsafe levels of radiation.
- Heavy machinery. The power industry uses a lot of big tools. Line installers and repairers use power lifts. Giant cranes are used to raise wind turbine towers. Sometimes transmission lines have to be laid using helicopters. Any time heavy equipment is used there’s a risk of injury.
Workers’ compensation for high-risk jobs
Every employer in Nevada is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which provides benefits like medical expenses and lost wages in the event that a worker is injured on the job. For employees, an important feature of the workers’ compensation system is that it is not concerned with fault. This means that an injury will still be covered even if a worker contributes to it through inattention or negligence.
In Nevada, workers’ compensation is an exclusive remedy for personal injuries suffered on the job, provided the employer has the required insurance. An injured employee generally cannot sue an employer, coworkers, or even independent contractors for personal injury. This is true even for workers who die from their injuries. NRS 616A.202(2).
Cancer and other slow-developing diseases, like hearing loss due to exposure to high noise levels at work, can pose challenges for utility workers who seek workers’ compensation benefits. One challenge in these cases is proving that the disease was caused by work-related exposure to a dangerous condition. Insurers will often deny claims on grounds that the cause of the disease is not well established. In these cases it’s especially important to have the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
GGRM is a Las Vegas workers’ compensation law firm
For more than 45 years, the law firm of Greenman Goldberg Raby Martinez has helped injured clients in the Las Vegas area get the compensation they deserve. If you work in the power industry and need help with your workers’ compensation claim, or have questions about your legal options after an injury, our attorneys will be happy to review your case. For a free consultation, reach out to us today at 702-388-4476, or ask us to call you through our contacts page.