Construction is not only one of the most common occupations in Houston, but also among the most dangerous. In 2014, one in every five worker deaths was in construction, totaling 899 fatal accidents.
OSHA states that the most common construction accidents fall into four categories:
- Falling objects
- Workers caught inside of or between objects
Eliminating what OSHA calls the “Fatal Four” would save 545 workers’ lives every year. Many of these accidents occur due to an OSHA violations at the job site. The most common violations include lack of fall protection, failure to communicate the hazard, unstable scaffolding, lack of respiratory protection, and operating powered industrial trucks (forklifts).
As your attorney, we investigate to find who acted in a reckless or negligent manner, whether that be the construction company, a co-worker, contractors, or equipment manufacturers. Further, we are dedicated to getting our clients the compensation they deserve. In a construction accident, you may be entitled to receive damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured as the result of a preventable construction accident, call the Buckley Law Group.
Forklifts are used to assist construction workers with lifting and moving heavy objects. However, if not operated properly, forklifts can lead to severe injury such as spine or head injury, or even death. When a company equips their workers with these powerful machines, they have the responsibility and duty to exercise proper care in hiring, training, and supervising. Common causes of these accidents include: failure to follow safety procedures, operator negligence, equipment malfunctions, and not stabilizing the load. These accidents can also occur because of an unsafe workplace that is too narrow to operate a forklift. If your injury was caused by the reckless or negligent acts of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. If you have lost a loved one or fallen victim to a forklift accident, call The Buckley Law Group today for your free consultation.