About Texas Construction Accidents
Careers in the construction industry can quite rewarding. However, they can also be dangerous. In fact, it has been estimated that approximately 10% of all workplace injuries occur on construction sites. Common injuries that take place on construction sites include:
- Severed limbs
- Severed appendages
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and brain injuries
Due to the potential severity of construction site injuries, those employed in the industry should familiarize themselves with the following common hazards in an effort to prevent their occurrence.
- Vehicle accidents and backovers – Construction workers are sometimes involved in vehicle accidents while on the job. Backovers, which occur when a worker is struck by a vehicle backing up, are particularly common in the construction industry due to the high number of vehicles present on construction sites. In addition, construction workers are sometimes struck by vehicles while performing work near busy roads.
- Falls – Construction workers often work at elevated heights, and this increases the risk for falls. In fact, work-related falls make up a high percentage of all construction accidents, and the consequences of such mishaps can range from minor to severe.
- Falling debris – Items such as unsecured construction tools and materials are always a risk to workers when being used at elevated heights. These types of items can cause serious damage to anyone who is struck by them, even when proper safety equipment is utilized.
- Equipment accidents – One of the major hazards to construction workers is the wide array of heavy equipment that is present on most construction sites. Equipment such as cranes, forklifts, bulldozers, and cement mixers are extremely powerful, thus increasing the risks associated with their use. And whether accidents involving such equipment are due to human error or equipment malfunction, the resulting injuries can be severe.
- Fires and explosions – Due to the presence of things such as unfinished electrical systems, exposed wiring, and flammable chemicals, the risk of fires and explosions are high at construction sites.
- Trench and building collapse – When large structures are being demolished or constructed, they sometimes collapse unexpectedly. Such accidents can result in both severe injuries and fatalities. In addition, trenches located on construction sites sometimes collapse and cause similar results.
- Overexertion – Overexertion, which is common in the construction industry, can lead to a number of problems, including repetitive motion injuries, muscle and joint damage, heat stroke, and hypothermia.
Texas Workplace Accident Injury Attorney
If you’ve been injured on the job or suffer from a work-related illness, please contact us to discuss your case. At the Law Office of Phil Baker, we can help you recover for lost wages, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and numerous other injury-related losses. In addition, we handle all workplace accident injury cases on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay us a dime unless your claim is successful. Please contact us for a consultation.
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