Brownsville Construction Accident Attorneys
Fighting for Victims of Construction Accidents in Texas & Nationwide
The construction industry is one of the most diverse industries, employing tens of thousands of workers with a diverse range of skills and interests. Unfortunately, this industry is also one of the most dangerous. Out of all nationwide fatal injuries, 21% of them happen at construction sites, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Construction work is hazardous because it requires people to work at great heights, work with heavy objects, and risk exposure to toxic chemicals. Although this industry has inherent dangers, employers are required to keep workers as safe as possible. Industry regulations exist to prevent workers from getting hurt. Unfortunately, employers fail to follow these regulations, causing workers to suffer injuries. Failing to implement these industry-wide requirements make them liable for worker’s injuries.
When workers' lives are ruined by construction accidents, they deserve to be financially compensated by the people at fault. The Brownsville construction accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin have won billions in verdicts and settlements for our clients, helping them rebuild their lives after a life-altering accident took away their ability to work. We've handled some of the largest construction accident cases nationwide, including a record-setting $44 million verdict for the victim of a crane accident. We have the resources and the experience to give you the best shot at rebuilding your future, so call us today.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction site because of another person’s negligence, you are entitled to seek compensation. Contact our Brownsville construction accident lawyers today for a free case review: (888) 493-1629!
The “Fatal Four” Construction Accidents
The annual research conducted by OSHA—specifically the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries—identifies the most common construction accidents that occur every year. Annually, the same four causes are responsible for hundreds of deaths, which is why OSHA dubbed the group of them the “Fatal Four.”
The Fatal Four is comprised of:
- Falls: 39.9% of construction fatalities
- Struck by Object: 8.4% of construction fatalities
- Electrocution: 8.5% of construction fatalities
- Caught In-Between: 4.3% of construction fatalities
The most tragic part of fatal construction accidents is they are preventable. Over 500 lives could be saved every year if companies followed established safety procedures.
Common Hazards Faced at Construction Sites
Human error is also at the root of a severe and deliberating accident. Whether it is negligence on the part of the supervisor or the mistakes of a co-worker, human error makes construction one of the most dangerous lines of work. Self-inspection, good training, and accountability is the key to preventing human error from causing tragedy.
Hazards that cause construction accidents include:
- Improper site design or inspection
- Unmarked hazards (ex: uncovered holes)
- Safety code violations
- Improperly stored materials
- Using old or defective working materials
Most Common Causes of Injuries at Construction Sites
- Scaffolding Accidents
A common danger with scaffolding is that it is often erected incorrectly, which makes it shaky and unsteady. Scaffolding accidents cause more than 4,500 injuries annually. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 50 fatalities were caused in scaffolding accidents in just one year. More than 70% of those who were injured in a scaffolding accident said it occurred because their planking or support gave way, they slipped, or because a falling object struck them. It is vital for scaffolds to be able to carry not only a person’s weight but four times its maximum intended load without settling or moving.
- Falling from a Height
A common cause of injury for construction workers is falling from a height. Construction workers are often asked to work at high elevations, regardless if it is on a roof, scaffolding, or a ladder. OSHA reported that 660 workers died in 2014 from falling.
- Ladder & Stairway Accidents
More than 24,000 injuries and 35 fatalities occur every year because of a fall from a ladder or a stairway, according to OSHA. The injuries are often severe enough to require survivors to take time off work. Ladder accidents reportedly occur because the wrong ladder was used for the job, the ladder was in poor condition, or the ladder was used improperly. Lack of training can contribute to these types of accidents.
- Defective & Dangerous Equipment
Construction workers use complex machinery and equipment on a daily basis. If workers misuse these tools or if they are poorly maintained, accidents can occur. It is vital to train workers how to use these tools and how to identify if they are defective—especially on dangerous machinery such as cranes and forklifts.
- Harmful Chemicals & Toxic Exposure
Toxic chemicals can lead to serious health risks for construction workers, including irritation, combustion, corrosion, and much more. There are OSHA Hazard Communication Standards that employers must meet to ensure workers are protected from toxic exposure. Many of them can cause burn injury, respiratory problems, and large-scale accidents like fires and explosions.
Work With Our Brownsville Construction Accident Attorneys: (888) 493-1629
Although the construction industry has many natural risks, it is not inevitable for construction workers to face such a high risk of injury and death. Because construction work is such a risky field, it is vital for employers to remain vigilant and set aside the resources to prevent accidents. If you were injured as a construction worker because of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. At Arnold & Itkin, our Brownsville construction accident lawyers have the skill, resources, and reputation to hold your employer accountable and push your case forward. We have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients, so call us today for a free consultation!
We are ready to help. Contact our Brownsville construction accident attorneys today for a free case review: (888) 493-1629!