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Two types of injuries that can have a lifelong impact on victims are brain and spinal cord injuries. In many cases, these injuries have not only profound effects on victims, but also the immediate family members of victims who must provide full-time assistance for their loved one.
When an out-of-service crane collapsed on top of a local Dallas apartment building during an overnight storm in 2019, one person was killed and many others were injured. Bigge Crane & Rigging, one of the largest and longest-established companies in the industry, made a statement that the crane collapsed due to reported storm winds that reached 75mph on the night of the accident.
Just 8 days after the toppled crane ripped through the Elan City Lights apartment building, another storm overturned a crane located in a residential neighborhood in Irving, TX. Officials stated that high storm winds, again, caused the crane to tip over. Fortunately no injuries were reported.
In the aftermath of these incidences, experts have started a conversation on what could, and should, have been done to prevent them.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas had the highest number of fatal work accidents in 2016. One in five of those fatalities were construction site accidents, with 64% of those related to the “Fatal Four”.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration identified the leading causes of construction industry deaths and injuries as: falls, struck-by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between equipment or objects--otherwise known as the “Fatal Four”.
According to the Texas Department of Insurance, 185,299 nonfatal injuries and illnesses were reported in private industry for 2016. The industry sectors with the highest incidence rates of total recordable nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2016 were agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting (4.1 per 100 equivalent full-time workers); transportation and warehousing (3.8); retail trade (3.1); and trade, transportation, and utilities (3.0).
Warehouse, factory, and industrial incidents are unfortunately the most common venue for workplace injuries according to the U.S. Department of Labor. These include injuries resulting from lifting or physical stress, accidents involving forklifts or other industrial equipment, as well as slip and fall accidents.