New building projects start every day, keeping construction workers in high demand. With these new projects comes the possibility of construction injuries while working on small and large-scale projects. Among the fatalities occurring at construction sites each year, there are four scenarios which account for over half of worker deaths, referred to by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as the Fatal Four: falling from a height, being struck by an object, electrocution, and being caught in machinery.
Construction often includes the creation of large structures, and workers must use harnesses, cranes, and other equipment to raise themselves to high levels. Falling from a height is the most common cause of death among construction workers, accounting for more than 1/3 of the total fatalities in the construction field in 2013.
Other causes of construction accidents include:
- Collapse of embankments, stacks, or scaffolding
- Struck by objects or debris
- Machinery accidents
- Defective tools or safety equipment
- Crane accidents
Safety equipment plays a key role in preventing accidents and reducing the damage that results from inevitable incidents. Employers are responsible for providing adequate safety equipment, and workers must be trained in how to properly use, inspect, and maintain items to keep them effective.
Safety equipment at construction sites includes:
- Hard hats, which protect the head, skull, and brain
- Gloves, which protect the hands from cuts, burns, and other injuries
- Goggles, glasses, and tinted eye wear to protect against debris and welding dangers
- Boots, usually with steel toes to prevent damage to the toes and feet
Both state and federal laws usually regulate the use and specifications of these items. If management neglects to require that these items be used or fails to train workers in their use, they may be liable for construction injuries resulting from accidents.
Filing a Claim with the Help of a Texas Construction Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed while working at a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation. The work injury attorneys of The Gutierrez Law Firm can thoroughly analyze the details of your situation and determine what options are available to you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment.