Visit our offices in Kansas City, Liberty, St. Joe,
or our Virtual Office

Company Negligence Effects Lives

Monday, Aug. 8th 2016

Company’s negligence to follow safety regulations has caused hundreds of fatalities and injuries throughout the years. Families have lost loved ones due to company’s failure to update their safety codes and make their workplace safe. Construction companies have the highest occurrence of wrongful deaths and injuries.

Roadway work zones are inherently hazardous, both for the vehicles that drive through them, and for the workers who are doing the construction. It’s up to the construction companies to make sure that these areas are as safe as possible, and to put up proper signage to alert motorists, so that everyone stays safe while the work is being done.


The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recently determined that due to company negligence one plumbing company did not live up to their responsibilities to keep their workers safe while repairing an underground leak. OSHA has fined the company $42,960 for 10 serious safety violations that it believes led to the death of a 27-year-old plumber.

Company Negligence Leads to Plumber’s Death

In mid-November, 2015, a plumber was working on the leak in the middle of the night. He was employed by Best Choice Plumbing, which was responsible for making sure that there was a proper work zone created in the area while the plumber made repairs.

Unfortunately, the company allegedly failed to do so. As a result, a driver did not see the plumber working in the middle of the street. The motorist drove into the plumber, hitting and killing him.

OSHA conducted an investigation, and determined that the company was responsible for 10 serious safety violations. According to OSHA’s report on the incident, the company failed to:

  • Develop and implement a traffic control program to control traffic hazards.
  • Ensure that a competent person actually implemented that program.
  • Instruct employees on controlling hazards in an active roadway.
  • Provide advanced warnings to drivers.
  • Designate flagmen to control traffic.

OSHA went on to explain that had the company provided a proper traffic-control plan, including signs, cones, barrels and barriers, the plumber’s death could have been prevented. They also added that drivers, workers and pedestrians “must be able to see and understand proper routes.”

Statistics Show Workers Often Hit By Vehicles in Fatal Accidents

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that between 2007 and 2012, fatalities in construction and maintenance work zones cause by company negligence averaged 669 per year. It noted that between 2003 and 2013, Texas had the most worker deaths in work zones. Followed in order by Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, and Tennessee.

In 69 percent of these cases, a pedestrian worker was hit by a vehicle. So-called “private sector construction,” including heavy/civil engineering construction, accounted for 60 percent of worker fatal injuries in work zones.


When these cases occur, the worker’s families may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In such cases, plaintiffs argue that the worker died because of the defendant’s negligence, and that the defendant should compensate the close family members for their losses.

In states where worker’s compensation rules apply, it may be difficult for families to recover damages in court. However, in some states these rules do not apply. Families should consult with a worker’s compensation lawyer for more information.

At Northland Injury Law, our Missouri worker’s compensation lawyers can help you get the benefits you are owed. Worker’s compensation laws are designed to protect employee’s rights to compensation for injuries and illnesses sustained on the job. Each of our work comp attorneys will fight to make sure these laws are upheld. Our work comp attorneys can help you get the benefits and compensation you are entitled to. 

Google 5 Star Rating Motor Vehicle trial Lawyers Top 25 Hurt In An Accident?

Personal Injury

If you’ve been injured and aren’t sure where to turn, let us help. We represent individuals in many areas of personal injury including truck, auto and motorcycle accidents, property liability (slip & fall), spinal cord injuries, and more.

Worker's Comp

Injured at work? We can help! If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, we can help ensure you get full and fair compensation under the law.


Our Personal Injury & Worker's Comp Attorneys

Northland Injury Law: Personal Injury Lawyers in Northland Kansas City and Northwest Missouri.

Proudly serving: Gladstone, Liberty, Kansas City, North Kansas City, Saint Joseph, Plattsburg, Cameron, Chillicothe, Trenton, Sedalia, Warrensburg and many other areas in Missouri.

The Northland Injury Law Firm has been practicing in the Kansas City area for many years. Our founders, Max Von Erdsmannsdorff and Steve Mowry, built a strong foundation for the firm. Since Eric Bartlett joined the firm in 1996, Northland Injury Law has earned a reputation for success, honesty and compassion in personal injury and worker’s compensation.

I found Northland Injury Law to be very professional and honest! They kept me up to date on my case. I would highly recommend the whole firm for all your legal needs!!” – Michael T.

Northland Injury Law is proud of the relationships they’ve built with the clients they have served in the Northland and surrounding areas.  Their many great results for seriously injured people have helped their clients recover the significant economic losses that attend such serious injuries.

When it comes to a lawsuit after an accident or injury, representation matters! Most people do not realize that insurance companies have teams of lawyers, investigators, photographers and defense experts who immediately go to work following a serious accident involving their insureds.  They hire these people to minimize their exposure throughout the claims process and to reduce the amount received by the victim. Northland Injury Law aims to level the playing field for their clients.

This is an excellent law firm. They helped me out after an accident and did an awesome job. I would recommend this law firm to anyone who needs a good lawyer.” – Toni B.

Between them, Mr. Mowry and Mr. Bartlett have over  50 combined years of legal experience in the Kansas City Northland area. They have both been recognized by KC Magazine as “Top attorneys in Missouri and Kansas” and both have been recognized in the National Top 100 Trial Attorneys.

If you require the services of excellent local lawyers after an accident or injury, call Northland Injury Law today for a free consultation at 816-400-4878.

Latest Blog

How To Choose A Personal Injury Attorney

Accidents don't come with a warning, leaving you grappling with injuries and a complex web of legalities. It's the kind of situation that can thrust you into a whirlwind of uncertainty, where decisions matter more than ever. A guiding hand...

Read More

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers about our Kansas City law firm, like how and when to file a suit for your Personal Injury & Worker’s Compensation.

View All FAQ's


Northland Injury Law © All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy

Site Created by KC Web Specialists, LLC

Skip to content