Sugar Land — Utility Worker Survives Near-Death Experience After Truck Clips His Bucket
Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at 8:13 pm
On Monday, February 25, 2019, a utility worker almost died in an accident that happened on U.S. Route 90 in Fort Bend County.
According to initial reports, the utility worker had been working on lights on Pitts Road, standing in a bucket suspended over an open highway lane, when a truck clipped his bucket. The worker would have fallen directly in front of the cars below if it was not for his safety harness, which saved him from hitting the road. The bucket also fell, which forced the cars to swerve out of the way. Luckily, the worker did not seem to suffer any major injuries when he was brought to the hospital.
It is great to hear that the utility worker has survived what seemed like a terrifying ordeal. Unfortunately, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. Workplace accidents are alarmingly common in the United States. According to statistics, 5,147 workers were killed on the job in 2017 in the United States (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers). This can be interpreted as more than 99 deaths a week or more than 14 deaths every day.
In addition to this, there were 4,674 worker fatalities in private industry in the calendar year 2017, with 971 from that number (or 20.7%) being in construction. In other words, one in five worker deaths in 2017 were in construction. The leading causes of private sector deaths in the construction industry — which are referred to as the “Fatal Four” — are falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for about 59.9% of the construction worker deaths in 2017.
Workplace accidents are undeniably terrible for the victims and their respective families. That is why, if you are a victim of a workplace accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Workplace accident lawyers are always present, and they will be more than willing to 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 Houston 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 (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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