In the workplace, accidents occur for a host of reasons. Sometimes, people are hurt as a result of equipment failure or bad weather. Some occupations place workers in danger on a regular basis, such as those who have to work in high places. Moreover, there are certain behaviors that significantly increase the chances of a job-related accident, such as the use of alcohol or drugs while working. Even if someone is completely sober, if they work around others who are intoxicated they face the risk of an accident.
In some fields, drug use on the job is especially common. Worse, these fields often carry certain inherent risks that are not present in other occupations (such as working in an office). When someone goes to work while they are intoxicated, or even uses drugs on the job, they endanger their own safety as well as the safety of those around them. Furthermore, even legal drug use leads to side effects such as drowsiness, which increases the probability of something going wrong on the job. Some people struggle with an addiction to a certain substance while others experiment with drugs at work. Either way, this is very dangerous.
Unfortunately, many lives are lost and many people sustain injuries in such accidents. If you were involved in a work-related accident that occurred because of a co-worker who was intoxicated, or for any reason, do not hesitate to explore your legal options. Our law office provides additional information on recovering from workplace accidents on different parts of our website, please explore more on this serious topic.