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Playing It Safe in Texas Highway Work Zones This Summer

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on July 13, 2015

Texas Highway ConstructionSummer is here, which means that construction zones are popping up all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in cities throughout Texas. In 2014, there were 135 fatal car crashes in Texas work zones, claiming a total of 149 lives, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). An additional 671 people suffered incapacitating injuries, 2,959 suffered serious non-incapacitating injuries, and over 5,700 suffered minor injuries. Read the rest »

Ungrounded Electricity Can Cause Fatalities at a Construction Site

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 2, 2014

Working on a job site can be rewarding and pay well when the project is completed. However, the actual process is very time consuming and meticulous when it comes to building great structures such as office buildings or high rise apartments. Sometimes these jobs require heavy machinery and dangerous equipment to complete, and should there be a malfunction in the equipment it could cause serious injuries for the workers.

Electrical Equipment Poses Risks For Workers

Because construction sites are not always in the most conventional areas and there is usually a previous established form of foundation and infrastructure in place or nearby, the use of high powered generates are often used to guarantee power for the job to be complete. These mobile power generators are capable of creating enough power to run multiple high powered machines and tools at the same time. Unfortunately sometimes electricity can be grounded incorrectly or go haywire on it’s path, causing a dangerous scenario for those in the area. powergenerator

If a tool such as a saw or a drill is connected to an ungrounded electrical source, the amount of power surging through the cables is enough to knock a worker unconscious at the very least. In serious electrocution cases on a construction site, a worker can become attached to a conductive material during a shock. By not being able to let go of the power surge, their body could suffer very serious damages from the prolonged electrocution.

Severe electrocution damage can leave workers with life threatening injuries. Electrical burns occur deep in a victims tissue and can be extremely painful and very difficult to treat. Aside from that, serious brain and spinal trauma can occur after a sharp jolt of electricity. Sometimes victims are sent into a long lasting stem of a coma due to the shock to their brain. Other victims of construction site accidents suffer severe nerve damage that causes them to lose control of their limbs.

Construction Accident Injury Attorneys

Being injured on a work site or construction site could leave a victim in the hospital with mounting medical bills and a long period of time away from work to recover. Their families may suffer from the lost wages and in the long term, the victim may never fully recover from the injuries sustained by another party’s negligence. If you or someone you know in the Dallas area has been injured or electrocuted due to an overlooked safety feature or piece of malfunctioning equipment, contact The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today for help with your personal injury claim.

The Severity of Construction Site Accidents

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on March 7, 2014

Though today’s construction sites are a lot safer than they used to be, construction sites are extremely dangerous places to be. Construction has forever been and still is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Construction site accidents can result in serious injuries or even death.

Injuries on a construction site typically lead to a loss of work for thirty or more days for recovery. Some accidents may even be so serious that the worker can no longer work in construction anymore, and ruin their career. This is due to the fact that construction is a job that requires intensive manual labor that takes the entire body to perform. If your body is not in tip-top shape, you may be unable to perform the necessary tasks required of a construction worker. The loss of income associated with construction injuries combined with the cost of medical/doctor bills can add up and truly affect a person’s life and the life of their family.

3 Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Common Types of Construction Accidents

  • serious falls

  • misuse of construction equipment

  • falling objects

  • electrocution

  • other construction negligence

If a construction worker is killed on site, the family may be entitled to compensation. Several people, including: the employer of the construction worker, the property owner, the project manager, equipment manufacturers, or insurance companies, could all be held accountable for the death and the repercussions that will come after it. These individuals, or organizations may he held responsible for:

  • workers being exposed to toxic fumes

  • unsafe construction techniques

  • unsafe working conditions

  • fire

  • explosion

  • failure to provide adequate safety equipment for workers

  • safety shortcuts prompted by employer demand

  • negligent management

  • possibly other construction negligence situations

Though construction site accidents are extremely serious, lawsuits for this particular type of accident can be difficult due to the laws surrounding this area being so complex. It is best to hire an experienced attorney for cases like this.

Why These Cases Are Difficult

Unfortunately, these cases are not easy to win. Construction companies have figured out how to manipulate the system. They do this by having multiple contractor and subcontractors working together on a single construction project. By doing so, construction companies think they can keep themselves from having any liability by using these contractors instead of employees.

Construction accidents in Texas can be sorted into two categories: work site injuries that are covered by workers’ compensation and work site injuries that are not covered by workers’ compensation.

Your rights on a construction site will differ depending on the status of your employer. This will also help you determine what type of lawyer you need in a case involving a construction accident or death as well as whether or not there is a compensation cap.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a work-site injury or died on a construction site, you need to contact an attorney today. The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson have experienced lawyers that have dealt with construction site accidents before, and are here to help. Contact our office today toll-free at (800) 738-4046.


Who Is Responsible for Construction Accidents?

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 6, 2014

3 Common Causes of Construction AccidentsWhen a construction accident happens on large jobs, there could be many possible parties at fault for the accident and any injuries that result. There are many intricate parts in a construction project, and the more involved it is, the more likely it is for something to go wrong or fail. Assigning liability for accidents and injuries on construction projects is determined by the extent a party had control over the work being done. In general, there are the same possible liable parties in every construction project:

  • Landowner
  • Architect
  • Engineers
  • General contractors
  • Independent contractors
  • Sub-contractors

The landowner, just like a business owner, has the responsibility for the safety of the workers, or invitees to the job site. There are potential dangers that the owner should be aware of and has a responsibility to remedy the problems or warn the invitees of the problem. This could include potential hazards such as underground gas or electrical lines. Even though the landowner may not be at the job site, they have a responsibility to make sure, the hazards are marked or to hire a competent site manager or general contractor who will take responsibility for details like that.

The architect and engineers can be found liable depending on the contract they have with the landowner. Liability can also be assigned to them depending on the type of accident or injury that occurred. If a crane breaks because it was overloaded, it might not make them responsible. On the other hand, if the building collapses under the weight of the crane a strong argument could be made that the design or engineering of the building was defective, placing blame at the feet of the architect and engineers.

General contractor or site managers have the responsibility for everything that happens on the construction site. They are the directors of a synchronization of workers. It is their job to know who is on the job site and what jobs are being done at any given time. The general contractor hires the prime and subcontractors; therefore, they are responsible for any actions and omissions on the job site.

Prime contractors are only responsible for the portion of the construction site that falls under their trade or skill. Some prime contractors work on steel while others work on plumbing. The prime contractors hire sub-contractors to bring in crews to work under them in a skill area. As with the general contractor, the prime contractor is responsible for hiring workers who are competent and knowledgeable. They are, therefore, responsible for any accidents and injuries they cause or are a victim of.

In addition to humans on the construction site, accidents and injuries can happen with the use of equipment that fails or improper maintenance. The liability can be determined by the failure. It might be a design defect or lack of inspections and maintained that caused the accident.

If you have been injured on a construction site of any size, it is prudent to make an appointment with an attorney at The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson to discuss your case. Contact us today to set up a free consultation.

Second Fatal Construction Accident at New 49ers Stadium

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 15, 2013

foogball-stadium-wt.-johnsonFor the second time this year, a construction worker has died on the job at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca. Back in June, 63-year-old elevator installer, Don White was working on a ladder, on the ground floor of an elevator shaft when the counter weight of an elevator struck him. Before he was able to be transported to the hospital, White had already passed. After 43 years of working in the field with no injuries, his death has left 4 without a father, and 3 without a grandfather. White will be remembered for his loving and compassionate character. His accident caused construction to halt as the other 1,000 workers were sent home to grieve. With the fresh scar of Mr. White’s accidental death, Levi’s stadium has lost another worker yesterday in another freak accident. 60-year-old, Edward Lake Jr. was unloading rebar on Monday when he was struck around 6:45 am. He was rushed to the hospital, but later that morning died from the injuries sustained. Once again, the 1,000 workers were sent home, and construction had resumed again this morning.

With just under another year of construction left, Levi’s stadium is scheduled to open at the beginning of next football season in 2014. The stadium is set to host the 2016 Superbowl, bragging around 2 million square feet, with 68,500 seats. Two innocent men are now dead due to the construction; and with another year, will more lives be claimed?

Here at W.T. Johnson we understand that construction is a laborious, tough job. If you’re hurt, you’re out of work and deserve compensation. If you or a loved one has been hurt on the job, contact a Dallas construction site injury lawyer at W.T. Johnson to get you back to work.

3 Common Causes of Construction Accidents

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 2, 2013

3 Common Causes of Construction AccidentsThe construction industry is booming in Texas, which is great for the economy, but a construction site is also one of the most dangerous workplaces in America. If you or a loved one work on a Texas construction site, here are the three common causes of construction accidents to watch out for:

  • Electrical construction accidents: It’s easy to forget how dangerous electricity can be if not handled properly. It’s vital to wear protection when dealing with electricity on a construction site. Electricity is a major cause of construction accidents due to contact with power lines, and equipment and extension cords not being used properly.
  • Fall-related construction accidents: The leading cause of fatal construction accidents is when a construction worker falls from a height. Most construction accident falls are related to inadequate scaffolding, no roof edge protection, unprotected openings in buildings, demolition work and inappropriate use of ladders and hoists.
  • Struck-by construction accidents: These types of construction accidents can occur because of a crane or large machinery hitting a construction worker. They also are caused by objects falling and hitting workers because of bad storage and no toe boards on scaffolding or tool belts for workers.

Even if you do your best to avoid construction accidents, not everyone is as careful. If you or a loved one were the victim of a Texas construction accident, you deserve justice and compensation for your emotional and physical trauma. Contact the Texas construction accident attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

How to Stay Safe on a Construction Site

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 21, 2013

How to Stay Safe on a Construction SiteIn 2011, there were 738 construction accident fatalities in America. Many of these construction accidents occurred in Texas, and some of the most common causes of Texas construction accidents were electrocutions, falls and being struck by objects. To help prevent traumatic construction accidents, here are three tips on how to stay safe at a construction site:

  • Be extra alert when getting on and off equipment: The most common cause of construction accident injuries to equipment operators, forklift drivers and truck drivers is getting on and off machines. It’s important to clean off boots and gloves of any debris before mounting or dismounting equipment and to securely engage your hand and foot on the steps while climbing up or down.
  • Keep machine operating area free of onlookers: Many times, backhoe operators say their biggest frustration is other construction workers on the ground crowding their operating area. During safety meetings, make sure construction workers realize the hazard of hanging out in the operating area, and make sure the operator isn’t afraid to use the horn to alert workers to move.
  • Get off the machine and look before backing up: Construction accidents often occur when someone is backing up machinery. Many times backup alarms are ignored, so it’s vital that operators get off their machine to look around the area before backing up. Try to always have a spotter to help out when backing up to avoid a tragic construction accident.

Even if you are careful on a Texas construction site, many others aren’t. If you or a loved one were the victim of a Texas construction accident, you deserve justice and compensation for your emotional and physical trauma. Contact the experienced Texas construction accident attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

4 Tips for Preventing Construction Accidents

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on July 17, 2013

One of the booming industries in Texas is construction, but it’s also one of the most dangerous industries and leads to many deaths every year. If you are a construction worker, it’s important to know how you can prevent construction accidents. Here are four tips for how you can prevent construction accidents:

  • Request safety meetings: If you are in charge of a construction crew, you should initiate daily or weekly safety meetings, and if you are on a crew, you should request them. At these meetings, construction workers should be reminded to stay focused, and have key safety topics reviewed that the crew might be dealing with that day, such as how to be safe when operating a backhoe in a high-risk area.
  • Stay hydrated: Especially in the Texas heat, it’s vital to make sure you are always drinking water or electrolyte replacement drinks in order to prevent dehydration. Hydration is linked to alertness, fatigue, concentration and many other factors.
  • Be visible: One of the main reasons construction accidents occur is that workers never saw the victim. Try to wear bright colored clothing, vests and bright helmets. Never wear camouflage or clothing that would make you blend in with your surroundings.
  • Check your steps: A leading cause of construction accidents is when operators or drivers fall when climbing in or out of cabs on construction vehicles. Make sure if an extra step or guardrail is needed that a mechanic adds it before its too late.

Even if you are careful while working at a work site, you could still be the victim of a Texas construction accident due to the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one were injured in a construction accident, you deserve compensation. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

Texas Leads the Nation in Construction Deaths

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 20, 2013

In Texas, one in every 13 workers is employed in the state’s $54 billion-per-year construction industry. But even though construction boosts Texas’ economy, a recent study shared that Texas’ construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries in the nation.

1 in every 5 Texas construction workers will require hospitalization because of work-related injuries, and more construction workers die in Texas than in any other state, according to an Austin-based Workers Defense Project and University of Texas study. With 10.7 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2010, Texas construction workers died at twice the rate as those in California. That’s compared with the U.S. rate of 8.8 in that same year.

Just one story of a Texas construction accident ending in a fatality is that of 48-year-old Angel Hurtado. He was an undocumented roofer who died at an Austin warehouse site that had fallen behind schedule. He fell 20 feet to a concrete floor, hitting his head on a girder as he fell. The subcontractor promised to pay the family for Angel’s funeral, but the family never heard anything from him, and he never returned the family’s calls.

Texas construction accidents usually can be avoided and often occur due to the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one were the victim of a Texas construction accident, you deserve compensation for your physical and emotional trauma. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

How Often Do Construction Accidents Occur?

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 5, 2013

If you’re a construction worker, you want to work hard and not have to worry about whether your employer has complied with proper safety measures. But construction accidents and fatalities occur much more often than you would think. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are around 150,000 construction accidents per year.

One of every five workplace fatalities is the result of a construction accident. In 2011, the leading causes of construction worker deaths were falls, electrocution, struck by object and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for 57 percent of construction worker deaths in 2011, the BLS reports.

  • Falls – 35 percent of deaths
  • Struck by Object – 10 percent
  • Electrocutions – 9 percent
  • Caught-in/between – 3 percent

Recently at a construction site in Rosenburg, Texas a construction worker died during an explosion when he was working on barrels with a cutting torch. Every year in Texas over a hundred construction workers die and thousands are injured because of construction accidents.

On Workers Memorial Day in 2012, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis shared that every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. She said, “These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families and damage our economy. American workers are not looking for a handout or a free lunch. They are looking for a good day’s pay for a hard day’s work. They just want to go to work, provide for their families and get home in one piece.”

If you or a loved one were the victim of a construction accident, you deserve justice for your pain and hardship. Contact the Dallas construction accident attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today to set-up your free consultation.

If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.

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