Types of Construction and Workplace Accidents
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 970 fatalities involving construction accidents in the country in 2016. There is no question that construction accidents cause numerous deaths and serious injuries in the United States. There are several reasons why construction accidents occur. There are also many ways by which workers can get injured while at a construction accident site. However, there are a few types of commonly occurring construction accidents. These are work accidents that can be entirely prevented, but usually take place because of some type of negligence or failure to follow safety procedures.
Construction Accidents in Texas
Construction accidents occur frequently in Texas, and can leave workers permanently disabled or even lead to death. Due to the nature of work related injuries it is often crucial to hire an attorney to protect yourself from lost wages and the company denying liability. Most construction accident claims, such as crane accidents, require a workers compensation attorney and an injury and wrongful death lawyer.
Most Common Types of Work Accidents
- Falls are the most common types of accidents that occur at Texas construction sites and are responsible for the most number of fatalities in the construction industry as a whole. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one-third of all construction accident fatalities are caused by falls.
- Trench collapses can also be extremely hazardous to workers. A trench collapse can be caused by improper shoring, lack of supervision or large vehicles parked near the excavation.
- Electrocution accidents in Texas can occur as a result of overhead or buried power lines at a construction site.
- Vehicle accidents are another common cause of construction accidents. These can especially occur when equipment is being moved or if a heavy vehicle is backing up.
- Falling objects such as heavy beams or pieces of equipment can also cause severe injuries, especially in cases where work is going on overhead.
Texas Workers Compensation
In Texas a person can receive workers compensation after being hurt while at their job. Workers compensation is often necessary after a construction worker has lost their job due to injuries and therefore is unable to pay for living expenses and medical bills. Some of the major construction site injuries include hearing loss, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, crushed limbs which may lead to amputation, and severe burns.
The Department of Labor Industries recently reported the 7 major work related injuries which include:
- Caught in/under/between – This occurs when part of the body is pushed in a machine or under a heavy object.
- Falls from elevation – This type of accident is often from a fall off of a ladder, roof, or tree.
- Fall at same level – This can occur during a slip and fall on a wet or slippery surface.
- Struck by/against – This can be caused by a moving object, or may relate to the ear drums and a loss of hearing.
- Motor vehicle accidents – Car accidents can occur during traffic.
- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremities – This type of injury effects the knees and feet.
- Musculoskeletal Injuries of Upper Body (Neck, back and arms) – Upper body injuries can be caused my lifting or pulling heavy objects.
Maintaining a safe construction environment is very important for all workers. Employers should offer training courses and require all works to wear appropriate safety gear such as helmets, long pants and shirts, thick soul boots, and knee pads if necessary to prevent injuries. When working at an elevated area such as on a roof workers should wear a harness to prevent falls. In any sort of emergency situation a plan should be made by workers and employers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an San Antonio workplace accident caused as a result of your employer’s recklessness or someone else’s negligence, please contact Ketterman Rowland & Westlund for a free and comprehensive consultation. Our experienced TX construction site injury attorneys will fight for your legal rights and make sure that you receive just compensation for your injuries and losses.