The cause of a construction site accident that occurred on July 5th 2012, is still under investigation. Two construction workers fell from the FM 1960 Lake Houston Bridge after a bucket from a bucket truck bumped them from the top of the bridge embankment. They fell between 10-20 feet onto some rocks below.
The workers were working on the support system and foundation of the bridge which needs work due to years of erosion. The Houston Fire Department was called out to rescue the workers and transport them by Life Flight to Hermann Memorial Hospital. Both men were strapped to backboards for removal and transport, but no one sustained life threatening injuries.
Construction site accidents like this one are often caused by coworker error. O.S.H.A. requires there to be safety procedures in place to help prevent these kind of accidents from occurring. Unfortunately, a safety procedure is only as good as its implementation. Failure to train employees on the proper operation and procedure of construction equipment can result in a serious construction site accident. Employers have an duty to provide a safe workplace to all employees.
If you suspect that you were injured as a result of a coworker being improperly or inadequately trained, visit our page on inadequate training for more information on your rights, or call us today. A fall off a bridge or from an other high place is preventable with good safe work practice.