A recent accident at an Austin construction site provides an opportunity to address workplace safety. The accident happened in the morning when a worker on a construction project fell 30 feet from a steel girder landing in the mud below.
The construction site was near the Lakeline Mall. The man who fell was taken to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center in critical condition after complaining of rib pain. It is still unclear why the man fell.
Thankfully, the man survived the workplace accident. However, falls are the leading cause of death in the construction field, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In 2010, there were 264 fatalities caused by falls at construction sites across the nation.