As a Texas Construction Accident Lawyer, Jason Coomer handles and investigates a variety of construction accident lawsuits, construction equipment accident lawsuits, and fatal work place accident lawsuits including fatal fall lawsuits, electrocution lawsuits, misuse of crane and crane collapse lawsuits, falling object and lost load lawsuits, excavator accident lawsuits, trench box lawsuits, bull dozer lawsuits, forklift lawsuits and other construction negligence claims that have resulted in serious injuries and death.
If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one through an excavator accident, crane accident, trench accident, or other construction site accident, feel free to send an e-mail to Texas Construction Accident Lawyer, Jason Coomer with your name, date of accident, location of accident, nature of the injuries or loss, and name of the potential defendant or contact us through our online submission form.
Texas Fatal and Serious Injury Construction Site Accident Lawyer
Construction site accidents can cause serious injuries or even death. In working with heavy equipment and construction materials, it is extremely important to have safety policies in place that encourage safe use of construction equipment, safe job site organization, proper safety training of workers, secure storage of construction materials, and regular safety meetings to make sure that construction workers are kept safe. Unfortunately, many construction companies begin to cut corners on construction site safety and the result is a serious construction accident resulting in an on the job fatal accident or an on the job serious injury.
Texas Construction Accidents in the News
Unfortunately, construction accidents and fatal construction accidents are more common than would be expected. Many Texas construction workers have been seriously injured or lost their lives as a result of defective construction equipment, defective scaffolding, improper safety policies, and careless construction contractors. Below are some recent news stories regarding construction accidents that have occurred.
Construction worker dies in 300-foot plunge in Dallas
7/31/2009 7:45 AM
By: Associated Press
"DALLAS -- A construction worker fell 23 stories to his death Thursday after the scaffolding on which he worked gave way. The fatal plunge happened at the Saint Ann Court high-rise office building project. Witnesses said the man was installing hardware on the facade of the 23rd floor of the 26-story, 333-foot structure when he took the fatal plunge about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Dallas fire-rescue spokesman Jason Evans told KDFW-TV of Dallas and Fort Worth reports that the 35-year-old man was the only one on the scaffold. His identity hasn't been released. Evans hasn't returned a page from The Associated Press. U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating."
At least one injured in crane accident
Updated: 2/23/2010 12:48 PM
By: News 8 Austin Staff
"A man was trapped for about half an hour when the large drilling rig he was operating toppled over at a construction site just after 8 a.m. Tuesday. The rig fell in a parking lot of a Home Depot on 51st Street, just east of I-35. The vehicle hit a tractor trailer next to it, and pinned the operator in the cab."
"The man was extracted and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, authorities say. The construction is part of an ongoing project to run utility lines under the interstate. The eastbound lane of 51st is back open, and the Home Depot store's hours were not affected by the accident. Authorities are investigating the scene to find out exactly how the accident occurred."
Man dies in water tower construction accident in Arlington
02:53 PM CDT on Wednesday, May 6, 2009
By ERIC AASEN / The Dallas Morning News
"A construction worker died this morning after a trench wall collapsed at a water tower construction site in Arlington. Arlington Fire Department responds to a scene where a worker was killed in a trench cave-in in central Arlington. He was identified as Rob Harrell, 34, of Grand Prairie. The trench collapse was reported just after 7:40 a.m. near the intersection of Arkansas Lane and Ozark Drive, about two miles southeast of the University of Texas at Arlington. Harrell was in a 10-foot trench trying to connect power to a new water tower, said Alan Kassen, an assistant chief of the Arlington Fire Department. After the collapse, Harrell was partially covered in dirt. Arlington officials said there was no evidence of trench shoring when emergency workers arrived."
Construction companies cited for violations in 3 deaths
12/16/2009 4:34 PM By: News 8 Austin Staff
"Four construction companies face citations for safety violations in the June construction accident that left three dead. On June 10, Wilson Joel Irias Cerritos, Raudel Ramirez Camacho and Jesus Angel Lopez Perez fell 11 stories after the scaffolding broke at a construction site, located on Rio Grande and 21st streets. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing the penalties, which total $159,600."
"If scaffolding parts had been inspected and replaced or repaired as needed, it is possible that this tragic accident and loss of life could have been avoided," Eric Harbin, OSHA's area director in Austin, said in a statement.
According to OSHA, general contractor Andres Construction Services LLC and three other companies face multiple citations, ranging from failing to provide adequate training to failing to inspect and maintain scaffolds.
Margate, Fla.-based Capoera Construction LLC was cited with three serious violations, including failing to develop and implement a safety and health program, and failing to provide a competent person to inspect the scaffold prior to use,according to OSHA. Those penalties total $36,400."
A "willful violation" is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.
A "serious violation" is one that could cause death or physical harm that can result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists and a repeat violation is issued when an employer previously was cited for the same or similar hazard within the last three years.
OSHA cited the owner and installer of the scaffolding system, Mast Climber Manufacturing Inc., doing business as American Mast Climbers, with eight serious violations, including "willful citation for not having scaffolds designed by a qualified person and constructing and loading the scaffold in accordance with that design," according to OSHA. Those proposed penalties total $86,800.
Andres Construction, the general contractor, and Greater Metroplex Interiors Inc., the prime contractor for the building exterior, were each cited with "four serious violations for failing to have scaffolding and its components inspected by a competent person, failing to provide adequate fall protection systems on scaffolds, and failing to train employees on the use of scaffolding systems."
Proposed penalties for Andres Construction Services total $14,000 and proposed penalties for Greater Metroplex Interiors total $22,400, according to OSHA."
Construction worker pinned by a crane is killed on the
Throgs Neck Bridge
BY Oren Yaniv, Kerry Wills and Wil Cruz
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Updated Tuesday, August 25th 2009, 3:39 PM
"A worker manning a small crane on the Throgs Neck Bridge was killed Tuesday when a boom snapped off and crushed him, cops said. William Barnes, 48, was standing next to the crane and operating the hydraulic boom when 8 feet of steel gave way and crashed on his head."
"He was controlling the boom on the side of the truck and for some reason, the boom fell," said FDNY Battalion Chief Joe Downey. "It was pinned right behind his head and his neck."
Barnes, of Port Washington, L.I., died at the scene on the Queens side of the span. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the 10:25 a.m. accident. Barnes, an electrician who leaves a wife, Maritone, and a son, William, 11, was remembered as a great family man. "What can I say? I'm shocked," said brother Chris Barnes. "He was a great guy. Great husband, father, brother."
Barnes worked for Rockland County-based Tri-State Electric Contracting, a subcontractor for the $97 million reconstruction of the bridge roadway. "We're all very upset over this," said company President Joe Donato. "Our heart goes out to the family."
MTA Bridges and Tunnels closed a Bronx-bound lane of the bridge for two hours, snarling traffic on the busy artery. Barnes' neighbor Steve Blagucci, a plumber, said Barnes loved his job. "He'd talk about the bridge. He loved it on the water, high up in the air," Blagucci said.
Texas Crane Accident, Excavator Accident and Trench Accident Lawyer
As a Texas Construction Equipment Accident Lawyer, Jason Coomer, has seen untrained, overworked, and careless Crane, Excavator, Dump Truck, and other Heavy Equipment Operators injure workers through the misuse of construction equipment including cranes, excavators, bulldozers, cherry pickers, cement mixers, and backhoes. Cranes, excavators and backhoes can be used to dig trenches or move heavy objects.
Trenches are important in construction because utility pipes and wires sometimes need to be buried. However, trenches can often be dangerous as they can collapse causing serious injury or death. To prevent trench collapse, a trench box can be put into the trench to keep it from collapsing. Misuse of a trench box however can cause serious injury or even death of workers.
As such, Texas Construction Equipment Accident Lawyer fights for the rights of injured individuals and the families of people that have been wrongfully killed after a construction accident. Whether a construction worker is injured by a hazardous trap, dangerous defect, careless actions, or the negligence of another, individuals often need assistance from a Texas Construction Equipment Accident Lawyer in dealing with and seeking money compensation from insurance companies and large corporations for the damages that they have suffered.
If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one through a excavator accident, feel free to send an e-mail to Texas Excavator Accident Lawyer, Jason Coomer with your name, date of accident, location of accident, nature of the injuries or loss, and name of the potential defendant
Texas Fatal and Serious Injury Trench Accident Lawyer
Utility workers, road construction crews, and sewer/waterline construction workers can be subject to dangerous trench collapse injuries that other construction workers at ground level are often able to avoid. Construction accidents that occur during the ground excavation process of a project often include digging into wet, unsupported dirt that can mean disaster. A serious trench wall collapse can result in burying a worker under several tons of dirt, rocks, construction material and equipment. Trench wall collapses and falling construction walls have been responsible for some of the deadliest construction accidents in our nation's history. Catastrophic injuries such as crushed bones and fractures, severe disfigurement and traumatic brain injuries are often the result.
Even if trench boxes are used,
incorrectly used or installed trench boxes can cause
hazardous conditions for sewer and utility works resulting
in catastrophic injuries or even death. As a Texas
Trench Accident Attorney and Construction Equipment Accident
Lawyer, Jason Coomer has fought for the rights of injured
individuals and the families of people that have been
wrongfully killed after a
accident. Whether a construction worker is injured by a
hazardous trap, dangerous defect, careless actions, or the
negligence of another, individuals often need assistance
from a Texas Construction Accident Lawyer in dealing with
and seeking money compensation from insurance companies and
large corporations for the damages that they have suffered.
In being a Texas Construction Accident attorney, Jason Coomer has been fortunate enough to represent and recover money compensation for construction workers that have been injured by negligent co-workers, construction companies, and subcontractors. Helping injured workers recover money compensation for millions of dollars in damages including tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, tens of thousands of dollars in lost wages, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in future lost wages, impairment, disfigurement, and future medical is what being a Texas construction accident lawyer is about. The compensation has helped individuals go back to school to begin new careers and families to hold onto their homes. Knowing that he has made a difference in people's lives is very rewarding and makes the time battling insurance companies and big businesses, researching law, reading medical records, deposing experts and negligent actors, working with clients, and tabulating damages worth while.
Texas Bulldozer Accidents and Safety Regulations
Bulldozers are another type of construction equipment that can cause serious construction accidents. A bulldozer is a crawler (caterpillar tracked tractor), equipped with a substantial metal plate (known as a blade), used to push large quantities of soil, sand, rubble, etc, during construction work. The term "bulldozer" is often used to mean any heavy engineering vehicle, but precisely, the term refers only to a tractor (usually tracked) fitted with a dozer blade. The bulldozer is an extremely powerful machine that should only be used in compliance with safety instructions and procedures. When the appropriate precautions are ignored, or when the bulldozer is defective in its design or manufacture, or the blade in not correctly installed serious injuries or death can result.
Texas Backhoe Accidents and Safety Regulations
Backhoes are another type of construction equipment that cause serious construction accidents. The backhoe is tractor with a long arm on the end for digging and excavating piles of dirt or other materials. It is an extremely powerful machine that should only be used in compliance with safety instructions and procedures. When the appropriate precautions are ignored, or when the backhoe is defective in its design or manufacture, serious injuries or death can result.
Backhoes consist of a digging scoop at the end of an arm (also called stick or dipper) and are used for excavating and moving material such as rocks or dirt. The most common forms of backhoe accidents involve people being struck by the digging bucket or by the machine itself. In addition, backhoe accidents can be caused by rollovers, electrocutions, and sliding into ditches or trenches.
If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved through a construction accident, feel free to contact Texas Construction Accident Lawyer, Jason Coomer with your name, date of accident, location of accident, nature of the injuries or loss, and name of the potential defendant for a free review of your potential claim.
Texas Fatal and Serious Injury Construction Site Accident, Construction Worker Accident, and Heavy Equipment Accident Lawsuits
As an Austin, Texas Construction Equipment Accident Lawyer, Houston Backhoe Accident Lawyer, and San Antonio Crane Accident Lawyer, Jason Coomer has worked on a wide variety of cases and has had the opportunity to work with and against some excellent lawyers including Dallas Fatal Construction Accident Lawyers, Houston Bulldozer Accident Lawyers, San Antonio Electrocution Accident Lawyers, and Austin Workplace Accident Lawyers. Assembling litigation teams of Texas Construction Site Accident Lawyers for the large case and building multimedia presentations for mediation, arbitration, hearings, and trial can be time consuming, but when you are dealing with someone's life and the devastation that can be caused by a serious injury or loss of a loved one, the effort is worth it. Individualized attention to a Texas Construction Site Accident Claim is extremely important. Make sure that you have a Texas Personal Injury Attorney that knows your name and is familiar with your construction accident claim as well as your wants and needs.
If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one through the wrongful actions of another, feel free to contact Texas Construction Accident Lawyer, Jason Coomer, with your name, date of accident, location of accident, nature of the injuries or loss, and name of the potential defendant for a free online review of your potential claim.