Construction Site Injuries & Death
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Heavy machinery, power tools and working at heights can make construction sites hazardous if safety precautions aren’t followed. Serious injuries can kill or disable an employee.
The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a lengthy list of safety regulations that tell employers what specific precautions should be taken for specific situations – such as respiratory protection, scaffolding specifications, preventing vehicles from backing over workers, and working with toxic metals.
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Unfortunately, construction accidents are common in Texas. An accidental nudge or slip of the hand can result in welding accidents, burns, falls, and fires and explosions. Trucks backing up without full view and on-the-job auto accidents also happen routinely.
The employer is responsible for ensuring that a construction site meets these OSHA guidelines, for notifying employees about possibly hazardous work situations, and for ensuring that all employees are properly trained. Sadly, many employers do not strictly follow the OSHA guidelines.
Some types of injuries are restricted to worker’s compensation or arbitration agreements. However, Texas employers are not required to carry workers’ compensation. Other types of injury result from actions taken on the part of the employer or other third party, such as a sub-contractor.
Even if your employer does not participate in the state’s workers compensation program, you still have recourse. An attorney who is well-versed in Texas injury law can help you get the money you need to get back on your feet.