A construction worker was hospitalized after he fell at the construction site where he was working. The man was working on scaffolding when it reportedly collapsed, sending him falling more than 25 feet. The accident happened at the Katy ISD high school construction site in Fort Bend County. The worker was airlifted to the hospital for treatment of a broken leg.
A spokesman for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office said the accident was being investigated and there was no immediate known cause for the scaffolding collapse. The injury suffered by the worker appeared to be non-life-threatening.
Construction Accidents: The “Fatal Four”
Construction sites often pose safety concerns for workers and passersby. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were more than 5,000 workers killed while on the job in 2017. That equals about 14 deaths per day. Many more are injured. OSHA has provided the top leading causes of work injuries. Most of the fatalities are caused by the top four accidents. These include:
- Being Hit by an Object
- Caught in-between equipment
Luckily in this case, the worker did not die from his injuries. However, he may face a long road to recovery. During this period of time he will likely be unable to work.
OSHA also reviews reports of standards violations in the workplace. Scaffolding violations on construction sites are the third most frequent OSHA violation that is reported. A Bureau of Labor and Statistics study found that 72% of scaffolding accidents occurred due to the planking or support giving way or to the worker falling or being hit with an object.
OSHA has standards in place for the use of scaffolding on job sites. Of the many requirements, companies must anchor the scaffolding in place and the anchorage must be able to support 5,000 pounds in any direction. Furthermore, the company must provide written documentation that the scaffolding was properly tested, certified, and maintained.
OHSA generally inspects the workplace following a workplace injury. They will check to verify whether the scaffolding was properly secured and tested. If not, OSHA may generate a violation. Certainly, the cause of this particular scaffolding accident will be investigated by OSHA as well as by the company.
Those who are injured while on the job are typically entitled to compensation for their injuries. If workers’ compensation does not apply, you may need to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. Construction accident cases can be complex and require assistance from an experienced attorney. You may be owed money for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
If you were hurt while on the job, it is best to seek guidance from an attorney. Your lawyer will work to gather the documentation necessary for your case and will negotiate to obtain the best possible settlement in your situation.
Contact the construction accident attorneys in Houston to discuss the details of your case.