Construction is an enormous industry in the United States of America and particularly in the Texas (DFW) area. Construction ranks third out of all industries for deaths due to injuries or accidents. It is important to have a legal representative on your side that understands that a construction accident is a life shattering event not only to the injured individual but also to his entire family since construction workers are often the sole breadwinners for their families. Attorney, Sonyia Byrd, and her team work with construction safety engineers and experts to prove the safety violations be it Labor Law violations or OSHA violations. Where appropriate, they will also work with economists, life care planners and vocational rehabilitation experts familiar with the construction industry in order to obtain maximum damages at trial.
Typical Construction Accidents Include:
- Scaffolding collapses,
- Falls from scaffolds
- Worker falls from a height / elevated platform / falls from ladders
- Falling object or construction debris hitting worker
Adequate safety precautions must be in place to prevent injuries caused by falling objects when materials are being hoisted, secured, or lowered. Examples include:
- construction materials are not properly secured on upper floors and fall down striking workers below.
- load being hoisted or lifted breaks loose and falls
- cable snaps
- lifts or hoists are overloaded
- improper rigging
- crane drops an object or is improperly operated
- accidents with construction equipment or machinery:
- Forklift and or Crane Accidents,
- truck accidents with construction vehicles
Contact a Get Money You Deserve Lawyer if you have received injuries in a construction accident within Texas.
Texas’s labor law is intended to make construction workers safe. The law requires general contractors and landlords of the project to provide a reasonable safe place to work. Specifically, Labor Law 240 requires owners, their agents, and contractors to provide proper safety protection devices for construction workers to prevent injuries due to falling. The laws are intended to protect the worker in that they
- apply to demolition, construction, alteration, painting, cleaning, and other kinds of work.
- cover both union and non-union employees.
- protect workers both from Texas as well as out of state workers and cover all workers including illegal immigrants
- protect various kinds of workers including bridge workers, equipment operators, road workers, engineers, inspectors, surveyors, utility workers, as well as typical laborers and construction workers.
When an accident is caused by a safety equipment violation, the injured employee can file a claim for recovery under Labor Law 240 and or 241.
Things to Consider:
- Under Labor Law section 240, construction project owners/landlords, contractors and their agents are considered absolutely liable (at fault) for construction accidents caused by nonexistent, substandard or improper safety equipment, such as when workers are hurt in ladder or scaffolding collapses.
- If a safety device collapses, slips, or is improperly positioned , Section 240 is automatically violated. The labor law presumes that a safety device that broke, collapsed or slipped causing a fall injury was inadequate.
- If the worker set up the ladder or scaffolding improperly, the project owner and general contractor will still be at fault.
- If the project owner or contractor hires someone else to make sure the safety equipment was adequate, they will still be considered at fault in addition to the company they hired.
- If no safety devices were provided for the worker, Texas Labor Law Section 240 is automatically violated.
If a ladder is improperly placed, or if a safety device is nonexistent or does not properly function, the worker may have a valid Labor Law claim. If a scaffold fails or collapses, the worker is entitled to recover under Labor Law from the owner and general contractor in addition to regular worker’s compensation benefits. Call our experienced Texas construction accident lawyers for a free consultation today.
If you or a loved one has been injured at a work site, contact the attorneys at Get Money You Deserve (GMYD) construction accident attorney, at
Sonyia Byrd, Attorney At Law
1111 E. Berry Street, Fort Worth, TX 76110
- Email: email@example.com
They provide a construction accident legal consultation absolutely free.