Houston Construction Accident Lawyer
Houston Construction Site Accident Attorneys
In the span of 40 years, the construction site accident lawyers at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., have helped many construction site accident victims recover from the negligent acts of employers and coworkers. If you have or a loved one has been seriously injured in a construction site accident, our construction site accident attorneys are familiar with the rules and regulations pertaining to construction sites and are prepared to investigate your case to determine if it could have and should have been prevented. You were hurt on the job and you have a right to get some answers. Let us help you get them. Call 1-800-298-0111.
Construction Site Injury Statistics
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20.5% of all work-related deaths occurred in the construction field in 2020. This resulted in 976 construction worker fatalities. Because of the increased risk of injury in the construction field, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has strict rules governing workplace safety, many of which cover construction sites. This increased risk is also one of the reasons construction jobs are regularly named to the Most Dangerous Jobs in Texas list.
What are the Most Common Causes of Construction Worker Fatalities?
Some of the main causes of construction worker fatalities are:
- Falls from height
- Being struck by an object
- Electrocution, and;
- Crush between large objects and/or under collapsing structures.
(Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor OSHA Commonly Used Statistics.) In addition to the above, trip and falls and slip and fall accidents are very common on construction sites.
Most Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents
Some of the many reasons we see construction site accidents occur are as follows:
- Unsafe working conditions
- Inadequate training
- Failure to conduct safety inspections
- Negligent hiring of employees
- Failure to provide fall protection
- Scaffolding collapse and scaffolding accidents
There are a number of reasons construction site accidents may occur. Sometimes it is about cost and profit. Unfortunately, ensuring compliance with all of the safety rules and regulations can be time-consuming and expensive. Economic factors and market competition can create an incentive for employers to cut costs by being lax about safety. It can also be a simple lack of knowledge and training.
Negligent Operation of Heavy Equipment
One major reason accidents happen on construction sites is that there are almost always numerous contractors from different companies all working on the same job site around heavy equipment. A failure to properly coordinate the flow of the work may result in the employee of one contractor causing injury to the employee of another contractor. Some of the common types of accidents we see involving heavy equipment on the job site are:
Injuries resulting from the misuse of heavy equipment are almost always preventable. You may have a claim against the negligent operator of the machinery in question if you are injured by heavy machinery on a job site.
Consult a Construction Accident Attorney
If you suspect your work injury or loss was the result of your employer’s negligence, call us today for a free consultation. If we take your case, we work on a contingency fee. This means we front all of the litigation expenses and you pay us back for those and an attorney’s fee ONLY if we make a recovery for you. If we don’t make a recovery, you don’t owe us a dime. If you have been seriously injured and you cannot come to us, let us come to you.