Category: Premises Liability

Can You Sue a Security Guard?

Whether you are spending your Saturday night at a popular nightclub or bar, taking in a sports event at The Sports Arena, or attending a comedy show or concert, security guards are supposed to be there to protect you. Unfortunately, some security guards take their duties far too seriously and may get too rough with the public. If you suffered severe injuries after a confrontation with a security guard, you may have the right to take legal action. With help from a powerful premises liabilit...

Where OSHA Falls Short of Protecting Workers, the Civil Justice System Can Help

The federal agency known as OSHA came into being in 1970, with the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Its stated mission is to ensure every American worker a workplace free of known health and safety hazards. Unfortunately, that noble goal has never come close to being a reality. According to one analysis published in The American Journal of Public Health, the rate of serious, nonfatal, on-the-job accidents declined only slightly between the founding of OSHA and the year 20...

Swimming Facilities Are Responsible for Keeping Customers Safe

Taking a swim is a great way to stay cool and keep in shape in the summer, but it’s easy to become wary of this pastime amid the many reports of fatal drowning. Here in Atlanta, the last few years have been especially rough on that front. In 2014, a 4-year-old girl drowned during a pool party at the Ansley Golf Club. A lifeguard was on duty, but apparently didn’t notice when the girl fell in. Just two years later, a 10-year-old boy drowned in the pool of the Westin Peachtree Plaza, at a...

How to File a Claim After a Chemical Plant Accident

If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a workplace accident at a chemical plant, one of the first things you should do is file a workers’ comp claim. The easiest and safest way to do this is to hire a workers compensation lawyer to do it on your behalf, and we are happy to help with that process. You can, alternatively, do this yourself.  You’ll need to download the WC-14 form from the Georgia workers’ comp website, fill it out, and mail it to the address listed on the form. In t...

Industrial Safety Starts with Responsible Machine Engineering

There’s no doubt that the meatpacking industry — and indeed all manufacturing industries — could be doing more to ensure worker safety. However, this responsibility does not rest on the shoulders of packing plant owners alone. After all, industrial facilities don’t create their equipment from scratch. Most pieces of industrial equipment are off-the-shelf units, which are mass produced, assembled, and installed by third-party companies. Management at a specific facility might not even know ...

Landlords and Maintenance Companies Share Responsibility for Elevator Accidents

Any time you walk into a building in Georgia and see an elevator, you’re looking at a collaboration between at least two separate organizations, usually more. First, there’s the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, which is responsible for performing regular inspections on all licensed elevators in Georgia. Typically, there’s also a private company providing regular maintenance, to make sure the elevator stays in compliance and can pass its inspections. Then, there’s the...

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Can Be Hazardous for Workers as Well as Guests

As this blog has noted many a time before, the most dangerous part of flying in and out of Atlanta is what happens on the ground. Simply walking through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is far more likely to result in serious injury than the flight itself. From escalator accidents and shuttle bus crashes, to Plane Train brake issues, questionable COVID procedures, and children falling down luggage chutes, we’ve covered plenty of the hazards that travelers face in the largest airpor...

Landlords Are Responsible for Preventing Fire Deaths, Even in Case of Arson

There’s a popular myth that landlords are never legally responsible for any damage caused by arson. Even people who have never heard this myth repeated will often assume that, if an individual criminal can be blamed for the fire, then the property owner can’t be. This is not true. The reason is fairly simple: landlords have a duty to take all reasonable steps to prevent people from being harmed by fire on their properties, and preventing fires from starting is only part of that task. ...

Forklift Safety Is Still a Serious Issue for Big Box Stores

Jobs that involve using forklifts, or even being near them, carry abnormally high risks of death and catastrophic injury. This isn’t news. It’s been understood for decades. Yet very little progress has been made toward better protecting forklift operators and their coworkers. In the year 2020, there were 78 fatal forklift accidents and 7,290 nonfatal forklift injuries in the U.S. Those numbers are quite average, dating back to at least 2011. The changes that swept many industries in 2020, ...

MARTA May Finally Be Forced to Make Real Safety Improvements

This blog has reported time after time (after time, after time), on the MARTA transportation system’s abysmal safety record. After each new tragic incident, we’ve had to draw the frustrating conclusion that not much has changed, and not much appears to be changing. At long last, this pattern may have broken. Right now, the transit system is working with multiple private consulting firms, at a cost of $2.2 million, to overhaul its safety and incident-response policies. Of course, MART...