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Boerne — 1 Person Killed After Roof of Mobile Home Collapses on Los Indios Ranch Road

Posted on Sunday, October 20th, 2019 at 8:49 pm by Williams Hart   

Just before 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019, one person was killed in a tragic accident that occurred in Boerne, Texas.

According to initial reports, a family was jacking up one side of the trailer in the 300 block of Los Indios Ranch Road when all of a sudden, the roof collapsed. Seven people were trapped inside, and one of them was pronounced dead. Another person was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.

The family was remodeling the home and was replacing a beam when the roof came down.

The accident still remains under investigation.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unidentified victim. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Building collapses are not that common in the United States, but when they do happen, they can be fatal. In a study conducted from 1989 to 2000, a total of 225 building failures occurred in the United States, and from this number, 97 people were killed while 460 were injured.

Moreover, this study shows that the most common type of building that is affected by a building failure is the low-rise kind, followed by multistory, tower, long-span, and plant-industrial, and construction and maintenance are two of the most common causes of failure. Other possible causes that are noted are the design, detailing, material-related problems, external, and others.

In this study, Texas is ranked as the 7th state with the most building failures.

Building collapses are undeniably devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who specialize in this kind of accident. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Hard Rock Hotel Construction Collapse

Posted on Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at 11:29 pm by Williams Hart   

Terrible news out of New Orleans today. Details are still coming out, but it looks like one person tragically lost his or her life and injured a dozen or more. The construction site is at the corner of Canal and Rampart Streets. Our hearts and prayers are with all the families and individuals that were affected by this tragedy. Unfortunately, there are two people still unaccounted for. However, first responders believe they know where these individuals are located, and they think they will find them according to current reports. At this time, the building is still unstable so the authorities have advised the public to avoid the area if possible. Your safety is the priority. We are very proud of the first responders in New Orleans as they are risking their lives to help the injured and missing. These people are absolute heroes.

It is our hope that as many people survive as humanely as possible. We are here to help in any way possible as many brave people from Louisiana helped us during the terrible hurricane. Please call us at (713) 352-7071.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


10 Most Dangerous Occupations in Texas – You May be Surprised

Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 9:03 am by Williams Hart   

Slips and falls, faulty electrical lines, poorly maintained machinery, lack of safety equipment, heavy objects striking out of nowhere–all are familiar hazards in the American workplace. Unfortunately, they are the cause of workplace fatalities that happen every single day.

A 2018 study led by Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics for the National Safety Council, suggests that occupations with the highest fatality rates have one of three things in common: they involve working from dangerous heights, frequent contact with dangerous machinery, or driving for substantial periods.

But which professions are statistically the most dangerous? The answer may surprise you. 

In Texas, it is typically assumed that construction work or oil and gas extraction are the most dangerous industries. While many of the listed professions below are in many ways related to those industries, it is important to take a closer look at the numbers.

The following list of the most dangerous occupations in Texas was determined by examining the fatal injury rates in 2017 for 72 occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, and narrowing it down to the top 10 according to industry by state.

  1. Commercial fishermen

Fatal injuries in 2017: 100.0 fatalities per 100,000 workers

Topping the list, perhaps unexpectedly, commercial fishing is a highly physical industry involving slippery decks and heavy equipment in often remote areas where access to medical care is limited.

2. Loggers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 87.3 per 100,000 workers

Second on the list, the logging industry is also physically demanding labor–primarily outdoors and in remote areas of East Texas. Fatalities are most commonly caused by contact with an object (falling branches or logs) and dangerous machinery.

3. Pilots and flight engineers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 51.3 per 100,000 workers

In an industry characterized by mental stress and demanding scheduling, aircraft pilots and flight engineers are especially subjected to transportation accidents caused primarily by exhaustion.

4. Roofers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 45.2 per 100,000 workers

Scaffolds, ladders, and roofs create hazardous worksites for roofing professionals. Additionally, roofers are also at-risk for heat related illnesses caused by unfavorable working conditions in the hot sun.

5. Recyclable material collectors

Fatal injuries in 2017: 34.9 per 100,000 workers

Most recyclable material collectors operate in a moving vehicle during a normal workday, thus the vast majority of reported fatalities are caused by transportation incidences, including auto accidents. They may also be exposed to chemical pollutants.

6. Iron and steel workers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 33.3 per 100,000 workers

The installation and repair of iron on buildings, bridges, and roads often require iron and steel workers to perform job functions at significant heights. Falls, slips, and trips are the most common causes of fatalities in this industry.

7. Truck drivers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 26.9 per 100,000 workers

Spending much of their time on the road, truck drivers are possibly at the highest risk to transportation incidents such as motor vehicle accidents. They are also at risk of sustaining injuries from moving or living heavy objects.

8. Agricultural professionals

Fatal injuries in 2017: 24.0 per 100,000 workers

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers are at risk of fatal injuries involving motorized vehicles (tractors), tools, and farm machinery. Unlike the majority of dangerous occupations, the majority of reported injuries resulted in death at 58.9%

9. Groundskeepers and landscapers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 21.0 per 100,000 workers

Grounds maintenance work is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in America because it frequently requires the use of powerful machinery such as chainsaws, lawnmowers, and tractors. Unintended contact with dangerous machinery is the most common cause of death in this industry. 

10. Electrical powerline installers

Fatal injuries in 2017: 18.6 per 100,000 workers

The installation and maintenance of high voltage power lines at great heights make live wires and risk of falling the most common causes of fatal injuries in this industry.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the above occupations are especially subjected to occupational fatalities or injuries. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in work-related wrongful death cases and can help you get the justice that your family and loved-one deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Crane Accidents — What Causes Them and How Can They Be Prevented?

Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 2:34 pm by Williams Hart   

Nearly three weeks have passed since an out-of-service crane collapsed on top of a local Dallas apartment building during an overnight storm, killing one and injuring many others. 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. 

Former federal crane accident investigator Thomas Barth stated that “High winds blew it over backwards, and these cranes are able to withstand winds up to 140 mph”. 

“Was it installed properly?” He asked.

Where does the responsibility lie?

For those who are suffering injuries–or worse, the loss of a loved one–related to a crane accident, these unanswered questions linger in the shadow of every unmanned machine left to teeter in the wind. 

What are the major causes of crane accident injuries? 

Whether your apartment building is under renovation or you’re closing in on the end of your shift as an operator, it’s important to understand what can happen when a crane is not inspected, maintained, or used properly. 

According to the Occupational Safety Hazard Association (OSHA), the following list are some of the major causes of crane accident injuries: 

  • Contact with powerlines
  • Hook-lifting device failures
  • Improperly trained crane operators
  • Dropped loads
  • Failing to comply with manufacturer safety precautions
  • Rigging failures

While the cases presented above are still under investigation, the crane collapse likely occurred due to parking the machine on unlevel ground. 

How can future crane accident injuries be prevented?

In 2010, OSHA issued an updated list of standards related to the use of cranes and derricks in construction. They include:

  • Pre-erection inspection of tower crane parts.
  • Use of synthetic slings in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions during assembly and disassembly.
  • Deeper assessment of ground conditions.
  • Training, qualification, and certification of crane operators.
  • Improved procedures for working in the vicinity of power lines.

These recent accidents are a reminder that construction site managers and crane operators must continue implementing measures such as adhering to safety inspection policies that would further reduce workers’ exposure to potentially fatal hazards.

Occupational injuries and fatalities in the construction industry are especially difficult, both for the victims and their families. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in work-related injury cases and can help you get the justice that your family and loved one deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Houston, TX — Construction Worker Falls to Death From Beltway 8 Overpass

Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 2:27 pm by Williams Hart   

Harris County Precinct 7 reported that around 4:30AM on Friday, June 21st, a construction worker fell from an overpass being built along a South Beltway feeder road heading west towards 288. The man did not survive. 

While circumstances surrounding the accident are not yet clear, Houston firefighters say the man fell at least 30 feet from above. CPR was performed on the scene, but unfortunately their efforts did not save the victim. 

A spokeswoman from Almeda Genoa Construction, the man’s employer, could not provide further comment. 

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”.

Falls are the leading cause of injury in the construction industry. These injuries occur when personal fall arrest equipment is not used properly, perimeter protection is not installed or maintained, floor openings are improperly secured and labeled, and ladders and scaffolds are not scaled safely.

Construction workers are especially subjected to occupational fatalities or injuries. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in work-related wrongful death and personal injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Alvin, TX — Contractor Fatally Crushed by Backhoe

Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 2:18 pm by Williams Hart   

ALVIN, TX–Authorities reported that just before 2pm on Friday, June 14th, a 33-year old Texas man was accidentally killed at a work site on the 400 block of FM 517 near the intersection of Old Alvin road. 

According to Sheriff Henry Trochesset, the employee was installing water lines in a trench when a backhoe rolled over into the hole, crushing him. 

No further details were provided, including the man’s name and employer. 

Construction site deaths made up 20.7% of all worker fatalities in private industry in 2017 — or, one in five worker deaths were in construction. The leading causes of construction industry deaths and injuries are falls, followed by struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between equipment or objects. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that eliminating these ‘fatal four’ leading causes of construction worker injuries would save 582 workers’ lives in America every year.

Construction workers are especially subjected to occupational fatalities or injuries. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in work-related wrongful death cases and can help you get the justice that your family and loved-one deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Arlington — 2 Construction Workers Injured on the Job at Ballpark Development Site

Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 1:41 pm by Williams Hart   

Shortly before 11AM on Friday, June 14th, two Arlington construction workers were injured on the site of a development project across from Globe Life Field at 1650 E. Randol Mill Rd. Scheduled to be ready for the 2020 season, the new Texas Rangers’ stadium is now over halfway complete and will house up to 41,000 guests. 

Authorities report that both workers were treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries before being taken to nearby hospitals. 

No further details were provided. The investigation remains ongoing.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, out of 4,674 worker fatalities in private industries in 2017, 20.7% were in construction. The leading causes of construction industry deaths and injuries are falls, followed by struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between equipment or objects. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that eliminating these ‘fatal four’ leading causes of construction worker injuries would save 582 workers’ lives in America every year.

Construction workers are especially subjected to occupational fatalities or injuries. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in work-related injuries and can help you get the justice that you deserve.

If someone you or someone you love was seriously hurt or fatally injured in a work-related accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience assisting victims of work-related injuries. Please do not hesitate to contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


The ‘Fatal Four’–What Does a Construction Site Injury Look Like?

Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 1:17 pm by Williams Hart   

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”.

Falls

Falls are the leading cause of injury in the construction industry. These injuries occur when personal fall arrest equipment is not used properly, perimeter protection is not installed or maintained, floor openings are improperly secured and labeled, and ladders and scaffolds are not scaled safely.

Struck-by object

The second leading cause of injury in the construction injury is struck-by objects. Employees are especially exposed to these hazards when they position themselves between moving and fixed objects and/or do not high-visibility clothes near equipment/vehicles.

Electrocution

The third leading cause of injury in the construction industry is electrocution. This type of injury is typically caused by lack of awareness of power lines and not maintaining a safe distance from them, operating portable electric tools that are not grounded or double insulated, not using ground-fault circuit interrupters for protection, and poor visibility on ladders and scaffolds.

Caught-in or in-between 

The fourth leading cause of injury in the construction industry is caught-in or in-between objects or equipment. These accidents occur when an employee enters an unprotected trench or excavation 5 feet or deeper without an adequate protective system in place, such as sloping, shoring, benching or trench shield systems.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that eliminating these ‘fatal four’ leading causes of construction worker injuries would save 582 workers’ lives in America every year.

Construction workers are especially subjected to occupational fatalities or injuries. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in work-related wrongful death and personal injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or fatally injured in a construction site accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience assisting families of wrongful death victims. Please do not hesitate to contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Houston — Vacant Strip Club Collapses

Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at 3:02 am by Williams Hart   

On Monday, February 11, 2019, the roof of a vacant strip club collapsed in north Houston.

According to initial reports, Sam Salas and his employees were working at the nearby Jack in the Box when the building of Playhouse Houston, located on Crosstimbers Street and Fulton Street, collapsed. This caused debris to fall, and Juan Lopez’s father’s SUV was hit by some when he was driving by. He was able to swerve away from the other falling debris.

Luckily, the building was vacant when this happened, so there have been no injuries that were reported.

The cause of the collapse is still unknown, and an investigation is still underway for this accident.

It is great news to hear that no one was injured in this accident. Unfortunately, there are other victims who are not as lucky. Building collapses are not that common in the United States, but when they do happen, they can be fatal. In a study conducted from 1989 to 2000, a total of 225 building failures occurred in the United States, and from this number, 97 people were killed while 460 were injured. Moreover, this study shows that the most common type of building that is affected by a building failure is the low-rise kind, followed by multistory, tower, long-span, and plant-industrial, and construction and maintenance are two of the most common causes of failure. Other possible causes that are noted are the design, detailing, material-related problems, external, and others.

In this study, Texas is ranked as the 7th state with the most building failures.

Building collapses are undeniably devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who specialize in this kind of accident. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Williams Hart secures $16.5M verdict on behalf of two injured workers in Houston

Posted on Friday, May 12th, 2017 at 2:59 pm by Williams Hart   

Today, the trial team of Jim Hart and Steve Kherkher secured a $16.5 million-dollar verdict on behalf of two ironworkers who were injured by a crane operator during the removal and installation of a large glass window at the new Apple store on Westheimer. The workers both broke their backs when the scissor lift they were on was knocked over by the crane operator after he lost control of the crane. Maxim Crane Works, LP was held accountable for the accident and rightfully so, as the accident would not have occurred if industry regulations and standards had been followed by the crane operator and the company.

For more information on this verdict or if you have been hurt in an accident caused by the negligent or careless actions of another party, contact Williams Hart at (713) 352-7071 today.

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