Near Misses in Construction Accidents Predict Serious Injuries in the Future
Oct 1, 2010
Often a series of smaller workplace mishaps are a bellwether for more serious accidents in the future.
While many people don’t realize this, a worksite that has a number of smaller workplace casualties that happen over a period of time is a warning sign of several things: workplace morale isn’t good and the big accident is still to come.
Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2010 – Haphazard job site management
generally results in lack of planning and lack of organization. “With that going on, you may be reasonably certain that the work crew has issues with the management. If there is no respect, trust or loyalty on a construction site or no effective leadership, things that should not happen do happen. For instance, regular inspections that should be mandatory may not happen, on the job training may fall by the wayside, safe tools and equipment are not present on the site, and safety procedures are scarce,” explained Beverly Aylmer, who writes for an Austin personal injury attorney at The Lee Law Firm in Austin, Texas.
If the management team on a construction site has a lack of skill or knowledge in how the job needs to be done correctly, this is reflected in the attitude of the workers as well. It’s human nature to not care as much about something if the person who is supposed to be supervising isn’t a good role model.
In addition, there may be low standards of work, poor maintenance on site and other issues that may involve the improper use of equipment. In other words, things just go by the wayside and the job continues in a haphazard way, with no one really paying attention to quality control, safety or good workmanship.
While most workplaces and construction job sites do adhere to the rules and regulations that are intended to keep workers safe and healthy, there are far too many out there that skim along by doing the bare minimum and not doing even that particularly well. Many Austin personal injury attorneys have seen far too many construction accidents that could have been avoided with a greater emphasis on safety.
Consider the case of the woman who died in her car after 26 tons of concrete fell on her while she was driving through the Big Dig Tunnel in Chicago. The concrete collapsed because the construction project had been badly supervised since the project’s inception. That was clearly evident when it was discovered at trial that the wrong epoxy had been used on the concrete and no one caught that.
“If you have been injured in a construction site accident, don’t wait until you have your workers’ compensation claim filed, act immediately and call an Austin personal injury attorney and find out what your legal rights are. While your case may go smoothly, chances are you will find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to get a fair settlement for your injuries. Give The Lee Law Firm a call, they would be happy to meet with you,” suggested Aylmer.
The Lee Law Firm
11824 Jollyville Road, Suite 302
Austin, Texas 78759
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