A worker was killed when a trench collapsed at a Johnstown, Colorado work site on April 16, 2021. The worker was helping install sewer lines at a new residential construction project. The victim was at the bottom of a 25 foot hole which began collapsing around him due to unstable dirt and rising water. His feet were trapped underneath the dirt which collapsed, while water began rising. Ultimately, he drowned in the water before he could be rescued.
Tragically, there have been a number of recent deaths on construction projects. A worker was killed after a fall at a Tulsa, OK construction site on April 16, 2021. A worker was killed in an accident at a Murfreesboro, TN job site on March 11, 2021. A worker was killed in an accident at a Houston, Texas job site on March 3, 2021. Two workers were killed in an incident at Boston worksite on February 24, 2021 when a company truck struck them. On February, 26, 2021, a worker fell from the 16th story of a building under construction in New York. A construction worker was crushed to death by a forklift on February 20, 2021. A worker has tragically lost his life at a San Antonio, TX construction site on February 1, 2021. Three workers were injured following a partial roof collapse at a Southern Pines, N.C. construction site on January 28, 2021.
Despite being a vital part of the economy, construction projects often pose severe hazards both to construction workers and to the general public if precautions are not taken. Construction companies must ensure that work is regularly and properly inspected. Each construction project poses its own unique risks and hazards based on the work being done. Risks that may present themselves during a project must be carefully evaluated before the job begins. Construction sites often have multiple simultaneous operations ongoing, all of which must be carefully planned to ensure the safety of all workers. Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation every day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.
In 2018 alone, there were 320 deaths as a result of falls at construction sites. Every single fall death is a preventable accident. Safe construction companies must protect their workers, and eliminate risks. OSHA recommends:
“Workers who are six feet or more above lower levels are at risk for serious injury or death if they should fall. To protect these workers, employers must provide fall protection and the right equipment for the job, including the right kinds of ladders, scaffolds, and safety gear.”
One mechanism to safely evaluate and prepare for risks is through the use of a Job Safety Analysis (“JSA”) or Risk Assessment, which is standard in the industry. When this does not occur, it can result in catastrophic personal injury or death. In a JSA, each step of the job is examined to identify potential hazards and to recommend the safest way to perform the work in order to minimize those risks. According to OSHA:
A job hazard analysis is a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur. It focuses on the relationship between the worker, the task, the tools, and the work environment. Ideally, after you identify uncontrolled hazards, you will take steps to eliminate or reduce them to an acceptable risk level.
OSHA recommends JSAs be performed for all of the following:
• Jobs with the highest injury or illness rates;
• Jobs with the potential to cause severe or disabling injuries or illness, even if there is no history of previous accidents;
• Jobs in which one simple human error could lead to a severe accident or injury;
• Jobs that are new to your operation or have undergone changes in processes and procedures; and
• Jobs complex enough to require written instructions
According to a recent study, 12 of the 25 most dangerous jobs as measured by the rate of people who die at work are in the construction industry.
Our experienced lawyers have handled personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits of all kinds and have the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured during a construction project. The experienced construction personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an accident on a construction site. Our lawyers have represented numerous workers who have been injured or killed in a fall from scaffolding.
Our lawyers have represented numerous workers who have sustained serious and catastrophic injuries on a job site as a result of the negligence of another party. There are strict and short time limits on making claims, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.