If you have a loved one working for KBR, you know that he is at considerable risk of suffering a workplace injury. If your family member is working for KBR in the Middle East, he is even more at risk, since many workers and solders are wounded by hostile action while fulfilling government contracts.
However, it may surprise you to know that much of the risk comes from the company itself rather than the hazardous nature of the work. Many workers—and in some cases, their families—have sued KBR for putting them and their loved ones at risk.
KBR electrical injuries make headlines
One instance of a KBR wrongful death case took place in 2008. The Army charged KBR for improper installation of electrical units in bathrooms after several soldiers reported electrocutions from faulty KBR wiring that had been installed in the U.S. bases.
According to CNN, at least one soldier, Army Special Forces Staff Sergeant Ryan Maseth, died by electrocution while showering. In the investigation after Sgt. Maseth’s death, the Army found several documents indicating that KBR found serious electrical problems nearly a year before the incident occurred.
While KBR’s internal memos noted "several safety issues concerning the improper grounding of electrical devices," their contract did not cover "fixing potential hazards." KBR’s stance was that they were only obligated to repair items when they broke down.
Maseth's family filed suit against KBR, and had Maseth's official cause of death changed from "accidental" to "negligent homicide" in 2009. KBR supervisors came under fire for failing to ensure that electrical and plumbing systems were installed by qualified employees and for failing to inspect the work.
The Defense Contract Management Agency issued KBR a "Level III Corrective Action Request" in response to the allegations. This is a formal notice given to a contractor who is deemed to be in a state of "serious noncompliance," and is the last step before terminating an official contract.
What can injured employees do?
If you have suffered as a result of your employer’s negligence, the advice of an experienced Texas injury lawyer can be invaluable to you and your family. We have helped countless victims get help for their medical bills, rehabilitation costs and lost wages—all while they took the time they needed to heal.
Let our KBR work accident attorneys help you. Call VB Attorneys today at (877) 724-7800 for a free consultation on your case, or fill out our online contact form.