Texas Construction Injuries: Understandings Struck-By Hazards
When proper precautions are not taken, construction has the potential to be a very dangerous industry. All Texas employees deserve safe work conditions. Companies need to put effort into protecting their workers. Accidents at construction sites can occur in so many different ways, so it is critical that safety is always at the forefront of the minds of supervisors. One of the most common causes of construction injuries is ‘struck-by’ accidents. In fact, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has found that nearly 20 percent of all fatal on the job construction accidents are caused by struck-by hazards. These hazards come in a number of different forms, though all struck-by hazards fit into four broad categories:
- Flying objects: This includes objects that unexpectedly have been released from the hand of a worker or from a machine. One of the most common ways that flying object injury occur is when a power tool fails, or is misused. This can cause an object to be ejected in the direction of a vulnerable worker at a very high rate of speed. Specifically, air compressors and other tools that are under high pressure can create flying object risks.
- Falling objects: Whenever some aspect of a construction project is taking place off of the ground level, active safety efforts must be taken to protect workers from falling objects. Being struck by a falling object can cause a worker to sustain a serious head injury. Traumatic brain injuries are a major risk on construction sites.
- Swinging objects: When you think of a swinging object you may think of a worker swinging a hammer, and while that can certainly cause an injury, an even bigger threat comes from the machinery. Often, swinging object injuries are sustained when a machine is in the process of mechanically lifting an object off of the ground and control of that object is lost. This can cause the object to start swinging in the direction of unprotected workers. Large swinging objects can pack enough force to seriously injure or even kill a construction worker.
- Moving objects: Finally, moving objects, such as a road paver, can also present a major safety threat. There are often many different types of vehicles that are active on a construction site. This can include: trucks, railcars, forklifts and cranes.
Were You Injured on the Job?
If you have been injured in a Texas construction accident, you should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You deserve full and fair compensation for your damages. Contact an attorney today to find out how to proceed with your claim.