Both Houston and Texas regularly make national headlines because of the incredible boom we’ve experienced in recent years. Our growing population has fueled construction projects across our city and state to accommodate new residents. For construction companies, business is good. But what does it mean for construction workers?
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we represent construction workers who have suffered injuries on the job. As we have seen in our work with clients, construction workers suffer some of the most serious injuries of any job type, and these injuries are almost always preventable.
A Construction Boom in Houston Poses Challenges to Workers
Construction companies are welcoming the profits that the population boom brings, but they are constantly looking for ways to finish projects quickly and save on costs. While many construction companies know that taking shortcuts is bad for workers, some don’t follow best labor practices. When these companies look to cut labor costs, it is often the workers who suffer.
In 2014, the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) criticized the safety culture of construction companies in Texas and said that more needed to be done to protect workers from on-the-job hazards. Unfortunately, many construction companies have done very little to bolster worksite safety.
Construction Worker Injuries
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we have seen the many different types of injuries construction workers suffer on the job. These injuries are often severe, debilitating and, in some cases, deadly.
In fact, injuries in construction are so notorious that OSHA has a name for the top four causes of construction worker fatalities – the Fatal Four. The Fatal Four includes:
- Being struck by or against an object
- Being caught in or between an object or equipment.
Of the Fatal Four, falls are the most common and the deadliest. Construction workers often work from roofs or scaffolding, so when they fall, they often fall from several feet in the air. Falls in construction can lead to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal organ damage, and several other serious injuries requiring extensive surgery and rehabilitation.
In addition to falls, construction workers face several other hazards. They regularly lift heavy objects and operate machinery, which can lead to back strain or repetitive stress injuries. They often work in environments where lead or asbestos are present, exposing them to rare types of infections and illnesses, including mesothelioma and a vast array of deadly cancers. Construction workers face the possibility of heat stroke, exposure to poisonous plants, hearing loss, and many other types of injury and illness.
Protecting Houston Construction Workers
With all the hazards facing construction workers, you would think that anyone who steps foot on a construction site would be given thorough training, exceptional pay, and great benefits. While construction jobs once came with many perks, construction companies today seek to cut costs on labor by hiring people with less experience and training, which puts everyone at risk for on-the-job injuries.
To make matters worse for Texas construction workers, there are far too few inspectors to hold companies accountable for safety violations. It is often only after a workplace accident occurs that violations come to light. All workers have the right to a safe workplace, yet it is frequently clear that construction workers are not being given the protection or the compensation they deserve.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we fight for our clients to get them the benefits they are legally entitled to. We stand up for workers against employers, insurance companies, and third parties to make sure their rights are protected and that they get maximum compensation for the injuries they have suffered.
We offer free consultations so we can hear the details of your case and help you better understand your path toward recovery and compensation. We offer our clients a No-Fee-Guarantee, meaning that if we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing. We understand how difficult things can get in the wake of a workplace injury, and we want to make the process as easy as possible for you and your family.
To schedule a free consultation with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, contact us today by filling out our online contact form or giving us a call at 1 (800) 444-5000 or locally in the Houston area at (713) 973-8888.