Houston Construction Accidents

Construction accidents occur all too frequently in Texas and often result in either substantial injuries or death. One of the most recent examples of a construction accident occurred in Houston when a construction worker died in a trench collapse. While digging a trench in order to lay a sewer line, one of the trench wall collapsed covering the worker with dirt. The work was later unearthed but unable to be revived. Trench collapses are just one example of the way in which construction accidents can occur in Houston.

Common Causes Of Construction Accidents

In Houston, there are several common causes of constructions accidents which include the following:

  • Companies That Commit Safety Violations. Many companies attempt to complete projects in a cost effective manner. Many times in an effort to cut costs, companies fail to comply with all safety requirements and to adequately provide works with the mandatory safety equipment to perform a job. When companies do not meet established safety criteria, construction accidents can occur.
  • Heavy Equipment Malfunctions And Accidents. Heavy equipment requires proper employee training. Heavy equipment must also be adequately maintained. When heavy equipment is not properly operated, substantial injuries and even fatalities can occur.
  • Improperly Trained Employees. The construction industry is a dangerous environment and construction workers are often exposed to many potentially unsafe conditions. When construction employees are not properly trained, employees greatly increase the risk of a construction accident occurring.
  • Tool That Are Defective In Nature. Many construction tools perform difficult and complicated tasks. When these tools are either defectively designed or use by construction workers in an improper manner, workers can get injured.

When these conditions lead to accidents, accidents also tend to occur in only one of several ways. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration notes that the majority of construction accidents tend to involve workers who fall, accidents that involve a worker who is caught in or between objects, workers are struck by something, and workers that are electrocuted. For example, the recent construction in which a worker died in a trench involved a worker that was caught in a deluge of falling dirt.

Compensation For Construction Accidents

All too often when construction accidents occur in Houston and the surrounding area, individuals receive no benefits from workers’ compensation. As a result, an accident attorney often proves essential for helping individuals obtain the compensation that is deserved. Compensation can include lost wages, medical bills, and a variety of other finances that are lost as a result of construction accident injuries.

Who Can Be Held Liable For A Construction Accident?

In addition to a construction worker’s employer, there are several parties that can be held responsible for an individual’s injuries including contractors, equipment manufacturers, leasees, and property owners. Often, not only is a construction company who caused a construction accident liable to any injured workers, the owner of the construction site and the general contractor are also held liable for the accident. A skilled accident attorney will know exactly which parties can be held liable for a construction accident to make sure that a worker receives adequate compensation for injuries.