What are common causes of Austin construction accidents?



Working in construction is inherently dangerous, whether you're fixing a road in the middle of the night, or standing on shaky scaffolding high in the sky, there's no way around being exposed to dangerous situations. It is up to construction workers to look out for themselves and their co-workers to avoid any tragedies. However, it is also legally the concern of employers to provide construction workers with safe working conditions. They need to try their best to create a work environment that allows the workers to do their jobs safely and well. This is not always the case, and that is when hazards create unnecessary injuries and deaths. 

Some of the more common causes of construction accidents in Austin include:

  • Lifting Incorrectly – This is a huge problem in many different industries and can result in painful strains and sprains. Construction workers are especially susceptible since their job is so physically demanding; people lift with their backs instead of their legs, and they end up hurting themselves. They may also try to lift things on their own that are simply too heavy. 
  • Scaffolding Mishaps – OSHA notes that 72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. 
  • Falling Hazards – It is not uncommon for a construction worker to fall in an uncovered hole, down an open elevator shaft or hole in the floor, off a tall ladder, or from a rooftop. Some workers fall because the hazards have not been properly marked, while others may fall because they're simply not paying attention or lose their footing. 

Many other things can cause a construction accident, like power tool accidents or run-ins with heavy machinery. It's important for workers to always be on guard and for employers to ensure they are operating a safe work environment. 

If you've been injured in an Austin construction accident, call attorney Earl Straight for a free consultation at 512-454-1331.