Construction Accidents

Morrow & Sheppard are privileged to represent workers who are unnecessarily injured while working on construction projects.

Please click here for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights with a Houston accident lawyer before they are jeopardized by a corporation, employer, or insurance company.

Negligence & Wrongful Death Questions?

Injured parties and family members who bring construction accident cases are often entitled to pursue negligence or wrongful death claims. Please click here for answers to common questions regarding these cases.

Preventable Construction Accidents Are Far Too Common

There were nearly 4,000 private industry worker fatalities in 2013. Over 20 percent – nearly 1,000 deaths – were in construction.

Every year the number of nonfatal accidents far exceeds the number of deadly accidents. These accidents are just as tragic and just and devastating for the workers involved and their families.

The vast majority of both fatal and nonfatal construction accidents could have been prevented if the companies involved took proper safety precautions and properly trained the individuals working onsite.

The law protects these injured workers. The workers and their families are often entitled to bring legal claims that hold the companies responsible. These lawsuits do not just ensure that the victims are made whole for mountains of medical bills and lost wages. They also prevent similar accidents from happening again.

“Fatal Four” Categories of Construction Accidents

The four leading causes of construction-related on-the-job deaths are:

  1. Falls — 37%
  2. Struckby Object — 10%
  3. Electrocutions — 9%
  4. Caught-in-between two objects — 3%

These causes typically account for as many as 500 construction worker deaths every year.

Section 1926

The Code of Federal Regulations contains several laws intended to protect injured workers. Many are contained in 29 CFR 1926.

Some examples are:

  • 1926.23 – first aid and medical attention
  • 1926.24 – fire protection and prevention
  • 1926.56 – required lighting and illumination
  • 1926.64 – process safety management for highly hazardous chemicals
  • 1926.200 – accident prevention signs and tags
  • 1926.202 – safety barricades
  • 1926.417 – lockout and tagging of electrical circuits
  • 1926.451 – some safety requirements or scaffolding
  • 1926.502 – certain minimum fall protection systems criteria and practices
  • 1926.503 – some of the minimum required fall protection training
  • 1926.1052 – some safety requirements for stairways
  • 1926.1053 – some safety requirements for ladders
  • 1926 Subpart CC – certain basic safety laws for cranes & derricks in construction

There are many more. To learn about what kinds of safety laws may have applied to your accident, please contact us immediately for a free, confidential consultation with one of our accident attorneys in Houston.

Policies & Procedures

Many companies attempt to show a “commitment to safety” by creating safety policies and procedures. When a company fails to follow these policies and procedures and a worker is injured, the company and its lawyers will attempt to highlight every conceivable thing the worker could have done differently, while attempting to hide or run away from the safety policies and procedures they failed to follow. Morrow & Sheppard work hard to ensure that corporations cannot hide behind their lawyers and fail to disclose these policies and procedures.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident, we can help. You need a Houston accident attorney. Please contact us now for a free, confidential consultation.

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