San Antonio Construction Accident Attorneys
Fighting For The Rights Of Construction Workers
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury while working in a construction area, you must speak with our personal injury lawyers immediately. Our proven approach to legal representation has allowed many victims to recover full damages after a serious accident. We are not afraid to represent your rights and interests.
We aggressively seek results for people throughout Texas and the nation, including the cities of San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Laredo and Corpus Christi.
Understanding The Severity Of Construction-Related Accidents
Construction workers are expected to work long hours performing demanding jobs involving physical labor in dangerous construction zones. Construction workers almost always work hands-on with toxic chemicals, heavy machinery, dangerous tools, tall structures, and heavy equipment.
Naturally, these types of dangerous conditions leave construction site workers susceptible to serious accidents, injuries, and toxic exposure. In fact, it is estimated that in 2012 alone, 210 construction workers suffered fatal injuries at work.
Common construction accidents include:
- Falling from heights
- Electrical burn injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Slip, trip, or fall accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Explosion injuries
- Ladder and scaffolding injuries
- Trench collapse accidents
- Defective industrial equipment
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
Though construction sites are among the most dangerous working environments, this does not mean that employees should expect accidents to occur as if they are just another part of the job. Construction accidents are largely preventable — especially when employer negligence or a dangerous product have caused the accident.
Our Injury Lawyers Give A Voice To People Who Deserve Justice
By pooling all of our resources together during your moment of great need, we are often able to prepare your case to the fullest extent possible and overcome any opponent.
We can consult construction experts, interview employers to uncover a history of negligence, and investigate the construction site to determine any dangerous working conditions. At Wyatt Law Firm, we are prepared to determine all possible liable parties involved in your injury.
Construction’s Fatal Four Hazards in San Antonio
The construction industry is vital to the growth of our nation. From homes to large plazas, construction workers build the structures in which we live and work. However, construction work is also one of the most dangerous professions, one that results in a high number of injuries and deaths annually. According to the Occupation and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), an average of 775 construction workers die every year.
The “fatal four” are the most common causes for construction accidents: falls, struck by objects, electrocution, and caught-between accidents. These four hazards make up approximately 57% of all construction accidents. Experts predict that if these four dangers were eliminated, an average of 435 American construction workers’ lives would be saved each year.
Falls occur when a person loses balance or motor function and collapses as a result. Although some falls have no lasting effects, the dangers of construction work can make falling especially perilous. According to OSHA, falls account for 36.5% of construction worker deaths.
There are precautions that can be taken to prevent falls. Some ways to protect yourself are:
- Using fall protection equipment (guardrails, safety nets, etc.)
- Using ladder safety
- Getting the training necessary for a safe working process
It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure safe working environments. They are required to inspect any scaffolding used, to provide training, and adhere to appropriate safety regulations. If you or a loved one has suffered a fall due to your employer failing to meet standards, contact us today.
Struck-By Hazards On Construction Sites in San Antonio
The construction industry is both vital and highly dangerous. In a worksite that requires constant shifting, with many moving variables, it is not uncommon for individuals to get struck by an object. This hazard is one of the leading causes of construction-related injuries and death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an average of 84 people die each year from being hit by an object. That makes up 10.1% of all construction-related deaths.
In the case of a flying object, a worker is struck by an object that propels through the air somehow.
Some examples include:
- An object separates from a machine, tool, or equipment and hits a construction worker.
- An object is expelled from a tool or machine and strikes a worker. An example of this includes a nail that is ejected from a nail gun.
- Compressed air can cause an object to fly across a distance and collide into a worker.
On construction sites, especially those dealing with high structures, it is not uncommon for things to fall. That makes being struck by a falling object more dangerous.
Some examples include:
- A worker is struck by an object that falls from the scaffolding above them.
- A crane drops an object or a part breaks and falls on to a worker.
- A section from the structure that is being worked on break and strikes a worker.
Construction sites are likely to have heavy swinging objects like cranes and pulleys. If not handled properly, these swinging objects can cause major harm or even death.
Some examples include:
- A worker is hit by an object attached to a moving crane.
- The wind swings a load on extension ropes and it strikes a worker.
- An extension cord snaps while lifting a load, and the load swings and slams into a worker.
With so many different materials and equipment being utilized at once, rolling objects can be a prominent problem. Workers need to be careful when working around objects that roll or move towards them.
Some examples include:
- A worker is struck by a rail car with no driver.
- An unmanned vehicles hits a worker.
- Materials roll down structures and strike a worker.
It is the obligation of your employer to ensure that all safety protocols and regulations are followed. It is your right to work in an environment that is safe.
Electrocution, when a worker is exposed to high levels of electricity, is extremely dangerous. Construction employees who work with wires and cables are especially prone to an electrocution accident. Coming into contact with electricity can cause severe burns, shocks, fires or even explosions. OSHA states that there are approximately 71 deaths a year due to electrocution accidents.
It is the employer’s obligation to:
- Ensure the overhead line is safe
- Provide proper grounding
- Provide appropriate training
- Make sure equipment is maintained properly and safe to use
Electrocution can cause severe injuries that can affect your quality of life. If you employer failed to follow protocol that resulted in you getting hurt, contact our construction attorneys today.
Caught-Between Accidents In San Antonio
With construction work comes many risks and dangers. Construction workers face many challenges on the work site that many others do not consider. However, it is a vital job that someone must do. Without construction work, we would not have the beautiful buildings and structures that line the streets of San Antonio. Given the perils that are involved with the work, it is important that employers take safety precautions to limit the hazards.
Unfortunately, construction accidents are all too common. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an average of 775 construction workers die annually from job-related factors. The Bureau of Labor estimates that 9% of deaths on construction sites are caused by caught-between accidents.
Caught-between accidents are incidents where an individual has one or more of their body parts crushed or caught in something.
A caught-between incident can include:
- Materials caving in on an individual
- Having a body part pulled into a machine
- Being run over by equipment
- Having material collapse and crush you
- Injuries from improperly exposed machines
- Being caught between two objects
Types Of Injuries
Caught-between accidents are very dangerous and could lead to extensive damage or death. If the proper safety precautions are not taken, workers are put at risk.
Some caught between injuries include:
- Broken or crushed bones
- Torn muscles
- Deep cuts or contusions
- Internal bleeding
- Vital organ damage
If you or a loved one has suffered extensive damage because of a caught-between accident, you should seek legal counsel. Your employers are responsible for your safety on the worksite. Thus, they can be held accountable for your injuries and the compensation that may result because of them.
Causes Of Caught-Between Accidents
Caught between accidents are part of the Fatal Four of construction accidents. It is one of the main reasons employees are injured on construction sites. Some of the main causes for these incidents include:
- Improperly covered equipment
- Faulty machinery
- Overwhelming mental and physical pressure
- Inadequate preparation or training
- Lack of safety guidelines
- Machinery that is not properly locked or maintained
- Getting buried during cave-ins and collapses
- Getting pinned between heavy vehicles
An employer must protect his or her workers at a construction site. Injuries caused by caught-between accidents can be debilitating and even fatal. Those who have suffered because of negligence or carelessness on the construction site may be eligible for compensation. If you or someone you loved has sustained debilitating injuries because of a caught between accident, contact our experienced construction accidents attorneys.
Scaffolding Falls and Injuries
Scaffolding tools are a staple for construction work. They are temporary structures that are built during construction projects. They are usually made of metal poles and wooden planks. They allow construction workers to work on a building or structure at elevated heights. Although they are vital tools for constructing various projects, they can be very dangerous and must be used carefully.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), roughly 2.3 million workers — 65% of the construction industry — work with or on scaffolding. Because more than half of construction workers work on scaffolds, there are certain safety regulations and protocols that must be followed. If employers violate these rules, it can lead to injuries or even death.
Because scaffolding tools are so precarious, there are certain precautions that all employers should take.
OSHA requires the following for scaffolding:
- Scaffolding must be able to hold its own weight as well as four times the maximum intended weight.
- Each suspension rope must be able to hold six times the maximum intended load.
- A specialist must examine the scaffolding before each intended use to ensure that all material and structure is properly built and safe to use.
Common Causes For Scaffolding Falls
If not properly set up and maintained, scaffolding units can cause severe damage or even death. Common reasons for falls include:
- Scaffolding was not correctly assembled.
- Planks were too weak to support weight.
- Scaffold was too old and not properly inspected.
- Scaffolding lacked appropriate rails or protection from falls.
- There was oil or slippery material on the floor.
Get The Financial Support You Need
Our construction accident attorneys completely understand the sensitive nature of these types of injuries, and we respect your need for privacy at this time. Not only can we keep your legal matters as discreet as possible, but we can connect you with appropriate grief counseling services following a life-changing accident.
Because we are a boutique law firm, we are able to provide our clients with the considerate and compassionate legal counsel they need while nursing a severe construction-related accident. We listen to your story and your needs, paying careful attention to your best interests in all that we do.
If you wish to speak with someone from our legal team about the nature of your construction accident claim, please call today and schedule your confidential case evaluation. We are ready to help.
Wyatt Law Firm, PLLC
21 Lynn Batts Lane, Suite 10
San Antonio, Texas 78218