When someone is injured at a construction site, several different parties may hold liability for the injury. Especially when the construction project is a large one, many people may be involved in it, including the site owner, contractors, engineers and suppliers, among others.
In his lawsuit filed in Galveston County District Court, a Santa Fe man alleges that his employer, Diamond Hydraulics Inc. of Hitchcock, did not want him to make a workers' compensation claim for his workplace injury. Now he is suing for over $1 million dollars to cover physical pain, disfigurement, lost wages and inability to earn income along with interest and legal fees. The lawsuit accuses his employer of violating employment law, retaliation and deceptive actions.
Many Texas construction workers are seriously injured while they are framing and erecting walls. The risk is especially great when the building being constructed is one with multiple stories. The federal government provides laws that require the use of certain types of fall protection when workers are building walls.
A worker from Texas was killed at a concrete plant near Marietta, Georgia, when he fell inside a concrete silo on Feb. 16. The accident happened at approximately 3:05 p.m., according to a statement released by the Cobb County Department of Public Safety.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 13 million workers in the United States may be exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin, putting them at risk for occupational skin diseases. While workplaces normally focus on preventing damage that can be caused by inhalation of potentially hazardous substances, not nearly as much as done to prevent people from skin exposure.
Construction workers in Texas and around the country are more likely to be killed or injured in electrical accidents than workers in any other industry. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Electrical Safety Foundation International show that 52 percent of those killed in such accidents between 1992 and 2010 worked in construction. This was four times the death rate of professional and business services workers who were the group with the second highest number of electrical fatalities.
Many of the trades employed at a construction site require specialized training and experience. That training and experience enable you to perform your tasks in an efficient and safe manner.
Texas is the only state in the union that does not require employers to carry workers' compensation insurance. During a legislative hearing, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) reported that approximately 500,000 Texas workers have no insurance coverage for occupational injuries.