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Understanding Common Causes of Fatal Construction Accidents

Construction workers are more at risk for serious injury or death than laborers in other occupations. Statistics compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that 21.1 percent of fatal workplace accidents in the private sector occurred in the construction industry. During 2016, 991 construction workers lost their lives. Fatal construction accidents have common causes. OSHA recognizes four…
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Austin Worker Injured During Trench Collapse

Last month, an Austin worker suffered injuries after a trench collapsed at his worksite. Firefighters rescued the man, whose leg was trapped underneath the trench. The firefighters have a station across the street and were able to respond to the emergency within minutes. According to Austin fire department officials, the worker was repairing a water line when the trench collapsed….
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What is an Occupational Disease?

An occupational disease refers to a chronic health condition that was caused by your employment. Your job duties or work environment could contribute to the development of an occupational disease. Occupational diseases may include: Silicosis: You could develop symptoms of silicosis after being exposed to silica dust for an extended period. Silicosis is lung scarring caused by breathing in silica…
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The World’s Worst Construction Accidents

When all safety protocols are followed and all equipment is maintained, in theory, construction should be no more dangerous than any other job. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Heavy equipment, heights, long hours and arduous labor can create hazards that lead to injuries. But sometimes, something goes so catastrophically wrong that workers are killed or severely injured. Here is…
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Austin Worker Killed by 40,000 Lb. Slab of Concrete

Tragedy struck a Southeast Austin work site after a construction accident on August 9, 2017. In the morning hours, a concrete slab fell on a worker, pinning him. The slab weighed somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 pounds. Emergency responders were initially unable to get to him, as the slab leaned against a tractor-trailer beneath a crane. Firefighters worked to break…
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