Worker Safety – Neil Hornsby’s Story

Every business….regardless of its size….. must provide its employees with safe working conditions. And considering the range of potential hazards — from asbestos to slippery stairs to excessive noise …. That can be difficult for a small business.

So why should everyone be so concerned about job safety and health? Because each year approximately 6,000 employees in this country die from workplace injuries while another 50,000 die from illnesses caused by exposure to workplace hazards.

In addition, 6 million workers suffer non-fatal workplace injuries at an annual cost to U.S. businesses of more than $125 billion dollars. Standards and rules for safe working conditions…. tools, equipment….. facilities and processes are set by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA standards apply to every private employer with one or more employees…. except for those in industries covered by other federal job safety legislation.

Today roughly 93 million employees across the country are protected by state and federal OSHA programs. But even with adequate safety measures, accidents do happen.

In this INSIDER EXCLUSIVE Investigative Network TV Special, our News team “Goes Behind The Headlines” in this Justice in America TV Special… “WORKER SAFETY – NEIL HORNSBY’s STORY” to examine how Julie Anderson of the Julie Anderson Law Firm is fighting for justice for Neil Hornsby.

In July of 2000, Neil Hornsby was hired by Alcoa Wenatchee Works, in Wenatchee Washington to work in Alcoa’s pot rooms where aluminum is manufactured is very dangerous and hazardous. Neil was not informed of the hazards from exposures in the everyday workplace at Alcoa, prior to employment. The potrooms are the heart of the smelting process as it is here that the molten aluminum is produced.

By 2005, Neil Hornsby collapsed at Alcoa from heat stress. Alcoa was aware that heat stress from the pot rooms causes heart damage and Alcoa did not warn Neil that continued exposure to the extreme heat in the pot rooms would cause further heart damage. Neil has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, heart disease and “aluminum lung,” and he can no longer work.

Neil’s lawyer, Julie Anderson will share with us today, the extraordinary challenges facing dedicated, permanently injured workers when trying to get justice when challenging Alcoa to do the right thing to take care of their employees … well as the hurdles injured workers face in Washington State’s Workers Compensation laws.

Julie has earned the highest respect from citizens and lawyers alike…. as one of the best Trial lawyers in Washington state and in the nation. AND BECAUSE OF THAT…..She is driven to fight for people who have been harmed by the willful or negligent actions of others.

Her goals….. Not ONLY To get Justice for her clients…but to make the legal system work better for the everyday people of America.

Julie has built a substantial reputation nationwide by consistently winning cases other law firms have turned down.

And her amazing courtroom skills and headline grabbing success rate continue to provide her clients with the results they need……And the results they deserve.

You can contact Julie Anderson @ ( 509) 663-0635