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Jul 27

Texas Road Construction Accidents: Who’s Liable?

Construction Accidents

Road construction may not get the respect it deserves when in reality it can be one of the most dangerous jobs around. On-the-job accidents are more frequent than people may expect, leaving the victims at a loss for who to turn to.

Fortunately, there are options if you find yourself the victim of a road accident. The rules surrounding a claim, however, can be quite complex. Because there are numerous people and entities involved in construction projects, sorting out the details can be a hassle.

We’re going to cover the laws surrounding road construction liability claims and some of the finer nuances. We’ll then provide some examples to understand how these differ from normal construction site accidents and how you [...]

Apr 5

No Workman’s Comp? Legal Remedies for TX Construction Accidents

Construction Accidents | Work Injury

When you’re hurt on the job, it’s only natural to want to know what your rights are under the law. In Texas, laws surrounding worker’s compensation are designed to balance the rights of injured employees with the rights of the employer.

While many employers take advantage of the coverage worker’s compensation can offer, they are not legally obliged.

Here’s what you need to know about the “no-fault” workers’ compensation system in place in Texas and what your legal recourse is if your employer doesn’t opt-in to workers’ compensation insurance in Texas.

Is Your Texas Employer a Subscriber?

In Texas, workers’ compensation is not mandatory for employers. Employers can elect not to have any insurance at all to cover on-the-job incidents [...]

Sep 5

Deadly Construction Cranes: Is Texas Doing Anything About Them

Construction Accidents | Crane Accidents

Texas already has a reputation for being big, and its cities only continue to grow. The skylines of metropolitan areas like Austin and Dallas are almost unrecognizable compared to 20, 10, or even 5 years ago.

While growth in a city is generally positive, there are many unintended consequences of so much construction moving so fast.

Case in point: Texas leads the nation in construction crane deaths.

Crane Collapse In Dallas Leaves Texans With A Lot of Questions

Texas leads the country in construction crane deaths. Between 2011 and 2017, 50 people were killed in crane-related accidents. Compare that to 16 deaths in Florida and New York during the same time period, the states with the next highest amount of [...]

Jun 5

Texas Construction Accidents Can Injure Bystanders, Too

Construction Accidents

Texas is known to consistently have one of the highest construction fatality rates in the nation. What we don’t think about often enough are the injuries that innocent bystanders suffer due to proximity and through no fault of their own.

If you or a loved one has recently been injured on a construction site (or even just because you were nearby), seek legal advice sooner than later. As with any personal injury there is a statute of limitations that must be met in order to process any claims you may have. In other words, if you miss the deadline to file, it is likely that your case won’t even be heard.

Here, we will share three of the most common [...]

Feb 1

Preventing Texas Construction Accidents: Proven Techniques

Construction Accidents

OSHA says a safe workplace is a sound business, and when the Texas Department of Insurance reports nearly $5k as the average income lost per construction job incident last year, we are inclined to agree.

If you are looking to decrease the likelihood of construction site injuries affecting your business’s productivity, OSHA recently updated their Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction. These guidelines were designed with a wide variety of small and medium-sized business settings in mind, offering a great step-by-step approach to implementing baseline safety and health programs in the construction industry workplace.

Regarding some of the most common accidents at Texas construction sites in particular, this post addresses three areas where you can apply a [...]

Mar 29

The Most Common Construction Accidents in Texas

Construction Accidents | Personal Injury | Work Injury

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries for workers, as illustrated by two recent stories of injuries and death.

On January 10, a crane injured two workers when it fell at an Austin worksite. The crane operator was attempting to lift a concrete wall when a chain snapped and dropped the wall. One man was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, while the other refused treatment.

A representative from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that the crane’s rigging may have been defective, or the insert came loose from the concrete. Smaller cranes, like the one used at the site, have fewer built-in safety devices than large cranes, and have safety systems that [...]

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