One of the times workers are most vulnerable on the job is when their company
is trying to meet a certain level of earnings by an approaching deadline.
For workers in risky jobs, such as
oilfield work and
construction, the pressure to reach an earnings goal is especially hazardous.
Harvard Business Review recently
reported on a study that provides evidence of increased rates of injury and illness
in companies that have just met or barely exceeded an earnings goal. When
a company's management feels that kind of pressure and pushes hard,
employees assume the burden of risk.
What can happen to employees in this high-pressure environment?
Employees can wind up working longer hours, resulting in a greater chance
of fatigue and health problems stemming from chronic stress. They're
given shorter breaks (or few breaks at all) and expected to work at a
faster pace. Sometimes, companies neglect safety measures that they think
will slow down an operation; workers may be urged to undertake various
risky tasks without proper safety checks and equipment.
In this kind of environment, workers face a greater risk of
injury, and illness. They're more likely to suffer from various preventable
accidents involving machinery, for example, or vehicles at their work-site.
They're also more likely to suffer from slips and falls and make poor
decisions at high-speed under great pressure.
If you've suffered a
workplace injury under such conditions, please
contact us. We'll carefully review your case to determine what happened and how
it might have been prevented in a safer working environment. We'll
also fight for you to receive fair compensation for the costs of your
injury, including medical bills, lost wages, and accommodations that you
may need to make in your life (such as installing a wheelchair ramp in
your home). You shouldn't be left to struggle alone in the aftermath.