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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 If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.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.


Scaffolding collapses in Houston, injures 6 construction workers

Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015 at 4:23 pm by Williams Hart   

A long section of scaffolding around a seven-story building collapsed in Houston earlier today, and CNN has reported that at least six construction workers have been injured in the incident. Senior Captain Ruy Lozano of the Houston Fire Department told reporters at the scene that none of the injuries sustained in the accident were life-threatening.

Though firefighters are still searching the scene to ensure that no one else is trapped underneath the collapsed structure, Senior Capt. Lozano went on to report that there were no confirmations of missing workers.   The scene appears to be stable, but the senior captain went on to warn that a secondary collapse may still be possible.

The cause of the collapse, which took place near Minute Maid Park, has not yet been determined.

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