What Causes Construction Accidents?
Written by Greg on November 2, 2019
There are some jobs that are more dangerous than others. While the construction industry is necessary, it also is one of the most hazardous places to work. The construction industry employs more than 9 million U.S. workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workplace injuries are more common at construction sites than in other locations and about one of every five deaths happens due to a construction accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees workplace safety.
Common Construction Accidents
According to OSHA, the four most common construction accidents that cause injuries include falls, getting hit by an object, electrocution, and crush injuries. Other injuries include burns, hearing loss, broken bones, repetitive stress injuries, back injuries. loss of limb, and others. Workers’ compensation insurance may cover injuries sustained while at work. However, workers’ comp does not always provide coverage, especially to contracted or subcontracted workers, who are not considered actual company employees.
Employers are required to provide a safe environment for employees. OSHA has specific safety rules in place for construction companies. Companies must comply with the OSHA rules and regulations in order to ensure workplace safety. In addition, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation, provides information about workplace safety.
If a company does not provide a safe workplace, it could be held responsible for the injuries that occur in the workplace. If you were hurt in a construction accident, the situation may be complicated. You may need to speak with an experienced Houston accident attorney to discuss your options.
Construction Site Safety
The construction company must provide safe equipment and machinery and they need to inspect it on a regular basis. Companies need to provide employees and workers with adequate training and they cannot allow someone who is untrained to operate machinery. Also, a supervisor should oversee specific tasks and some jobs require more than one person. In addition, the company needs to provide the proper safety gear and must have a plan in place that employees must follow after an accident occurs.
If you were hurt on a construction site, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Report the accident to the supervisor or person in charge. Typically, the company has a procedure in place for reporting accidents, and you should always follow that process. Medical care can be expensive and you need to keep all of your medical reports and bills. The company may be responsible for the injury, especially if they were negligent. Negligence simply means that they did something wrong, or failed to do something, to keep workers safe. The company should report the accident to OSHA and if they are found to be non-compliant, the company could receive a violation.
Call The Houston Construction Accident Attorney
Do not wait to contact an attorney following a serious accident with injuries. Your attorney will review the details of the accident to determine your options. You may be owed compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more. Contact our construction accident attorneys at Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free initial case consultation to get important answers about your accident.