Road construction crews were working on a section of a flyover that they are building over Beltway 8 near Highway 288 when the accident happened. A worker fell from the flyover onto the westbound lanes of the South Beltway feeder road. The man fell about 30 feet. Coworkers tried to use CPR, but they were not successful, and the construction worker died at the scene from his injuries. According to the construction company, the team was performing decking with steel beams. The man was working on a beam when he fell.
The Drive 288 Team issued a statement sending condolences to the friends and family members of the worker. The statement goes on to say, “Safety is our number one priority for all of the workers on this project and the traveling public.” They did not immediately release the name of the worker. The company said they were taking a couple days off the project to reflect on their safety policies.
Construction Safety Concerns
Safety is an ongoing concern among all industries, but is particularly important in construction. The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation provides information and programs about workplace safety. Companies are required to provide a safe work environment, regardless of the location. The construction industry is among the most dangerous jobs because of the many perils that are present on the job. Not only must the company provide a safe workplace, but they must also provide safety training for employees and make sure that the equipment they use is safe.
Jobs must be performed with the adequate number of workers and with proper supervision. In this case, we do not know the details of the accident. However, something went wrong that caused the worker to fall. Falls are the most common type of construction accident and may be due to a variety of factors. For example, a worker may not be wearing the necessary safety harnesses when working high up, or the safety harness may be faulty, both scenarios leading to severe injury in the event of a fall.
OSHA Regulations are Designed to Protect Workers
OSHA serves a vital role in protecting workers from becoming accident victims. Houston has so many construction related injuries and wrongful deaths, that OSHA has two Houston area offices, One in Webster and one in Conroe.
The OSHA safety rules provide bright line guidance to both companies and safety personnel about safety steps required to prevent accidents. Violation of a safety rule can be powerful evidence in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
What to do After a Construction Accident
Construction accidents can leave victims seriously injured or permanently disabled. Some of the most common injuries are back and neck injuries, head trauma, broken bones, and bruises and cuts. Workers should always wear the required safety protection gear such as a helmet, safety glasses, and safety shoes. Companies must train employees before they allow them to operate equipment. There should always be the proper number of workers assigned to a task. If the company asks you to perform a job that seems unsafe, do not participate and make sure you report any unsafe practices. If you were hurt as the result of a construction accident, report the accident immediately and get medical treatment.
A construction injury may be due to negligence. The negligent company should be held responsible for the accident and injuries. Contact a construction accident attorney to review the details of your injury, investigate the accident and work on your behalf to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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