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Construction Site Injuries Attorneys in Houston, TX

According to the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA, the top four causes of construction fatalities, or construction deaths, are falls, being struck by moving objects, being caught in a space such as in an unguarded trench and electrocutions.

Fall injuries and deaths

Those in charge of construction sites can be liable for failing to provide proper fall arrest equipment, failure to install and maintain perimeter control, failure to cover and secure and label floor openings, failing to ensure that ladders and scaffolds are used safely, and provision of improper “man lifts” or personnel boxes, among other negligent acts and omissions.

“Struck-by” hazard injuries and deaths

Struck-by hazards can involve heavy equipment, like bulldozers, cranes, back-hoes, standard forklifts, telescopic or boom forklifts and other heavy equipment.

Personnel can be struck by the equipment itself or by materials that have been improperly secured to, or loaded on, the equipment.

Falling materials that have been improperly stacked or braced can also cause serious hazards to personnel handling those materials or located beneath or beside those materials.

Failure to use “tag lines” and flag men when moving large objects, such as concrete pipes, I-beams and other materials can also create serious hazards, causing personal injuries and death.

“Caught in between” hazard injuries and deaths

Deaths and serious injuries can occur because of a trench collapse.   If the trench is improperly sloped, shored, benched or shielded, collapse of the trench can occur, causing blunt trauma, crush injuries, suffocation, orthopedic injuries and death.

Electrocution injuries and deaths.

Failure to locate and identify power utilities before starting work and working or operating equipment around live power lines can cause serious electrocution injuries or electrocution deaths.  Failure to de-energize lines, enforce safe distance requirements or ground or insulate equipment can cause serious electrical burns, other personal injuries and death.   

Other common construction hazards include chemical exposure, confined space suffocation and death, unguarded presses, saws, mills, conveyors and other machines, and fire hazards associated with heat, vapors and combustibles.  
Death, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, de-gloving injuries, burns, amputations and crush-injuries are relatively common construction site injuries.  

Contact us for a free initial case evaluation if you have suffered a serious personal injury or your family member has been killed because of a construction hazard.

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