Construction is a popular industry in Texas and the greater Austin area where businesses are growing, which is great for the economy, but construction sites are also one of the most dangerous workplaces in America. In 2011, there were 738 construction accidentfatalities in the U.S. To help you avoid serious construction accident injuries and fatalities, here are three common causes of construction accidents:
- Scaffolding not used properly: One of the most common causes of construction accident injuries is when someone is on scaffolding and falls. Construction workers typically fall off scaffolding if it isn't erected correctly or if it's not being used as it should be. It's vital to make sure that scaffolding is always on solid ground, and that it is maintained well to avoid serious falls and construction accident injuries. There have been numerous downtown accidents resulting from improper scaffolding and not properly secured equipment.
- Dangerous stairways: Many times slip and fall accidents occur on a dangerous stairway at a construction site. You should always make sure that stairways are free of debris; and if the stairway is slippery, it is cleaned up immediately; and that stairways have proper handrails.
- Improper use of cranes: Crane construction accident injuries or fatalities occur often when cranes aren't being used correctly. It's vital to know the weight limit of your crane and not exceed it, never raise a load over other construction workers and block off areas within in the crane's swing radius.
Even if you are careful at construction sites, not everyone is as diligent. If you were the victim of a construction accident due to the negligence of someone else, you deserve justice and compensation. Contact the construction accident attorneys at the Kyle Law Firm today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.