As the leading employer of construction workers in the U.S., Texas is home to over 100,000 men and women who climb scaffolds, operate forklifts, and fill all the other essential roles in building everything from new offices to renovating old homes, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among the busy schedules and quotes to meet, workers also face a high risk of injuries and even fatalities. The U.S. Department of Labor lists 89 construction fatalities in Texas in 2010, the second highest workplace fatality rate.
With so much heavy equipment, building supplies and other dangerous materials involved, it’s easy to see how workers can be injured on the job. Even in the most cautious workplace, accidents can still occur. When proper precautions are neglected, however, the rate and consequences of incidents increases dramatically.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides standards that must be met in every workplace and may cite workplaces that fail to properly train and protect its workers.
Common High Risk Areas in Construction Jobs
- Construction (general safety and health provisions)
- Electrical (wiring methods, design and protection)
- Excavations (general requirements)
- Excavations (requirements for protective systems)
- Fall protection (scope, application, definitions)
- Fall protection (training requirements)
- Hazard communication
- Head protection
According to OSHA, these are the 10 items that are most often cited amongst work areas.
In the case of an injury, worker’s compensation can sometimes step in to offer an amount of compensation. In some situations, a workplace’s insurance coverage may bar an injured worker from seeking more compensation, but proving liability on the part of another party can often overturn this.
Liable parties can vary greatly depending on the situation, from equipment manufacturers to management at the site. To determine who is responsible for injuries at a work site, an experienced workplace accident attorney at Liggett Law Group can help review the details of your case.