On July 7, 2021, a construction worker sustained severe injuries to his arm and leg while working at a site on North Dallas Avenue in Lancaster, Texas. According to one report, the victim was working on a drainage pipe when a large piece of construction equipment fell on him. First responders found the man in a drainage ditch and performed emergency medical care before he was flown to Baylor Hospital in Dallas. His condition is unknown.
Construction sites are dynamic and dangerous work environments. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 5,333 fatal occupational injuries in 2019. Of those fatalities, 1,061 (approximately 20%) involved workers in private construction, which is the largest number of private construction fatalities since 2007. According to the agency for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), the leading causes of construction-related deaths are falls, electrocutions, being struck by an object, and being caught between two objects. Collectively, these four types of incidents account for 60% of all construction-related deaths.
Although there is some danger inherent in construction work, that does not excuse preventable accidents caused by someone’s carelessness, or a company’s decision to put profits over safety. If you or a loved one were seriously injured or killed in a construction accident, call our Houston construction accident lawyers for a free, confidential consultation.