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Two Construction Workers are Injured in a Water Line Accident in AmarilloMonday, June 8th, 2015
According to police, two construction workers were injured Wednesday in northeast Amarillo, Texas. The accident involved installation of a water line on a private project near Northeast Third Avenue and North Grand Street.
The 26-year-old and 27-year old construction workers were in a hole that was about 15 or 20 feet deep, and they were installing a water line. An angle iron that was being used to support the line fell and struck both men. One of the men’s hands was broken in the accident. The 27-year-old was hit in the face, and the extent of his injuries was unknown at the time of the report. Police officers said he was struggling to breathe as responders were getting him out of the ditch and onto an ambulance.
Construction work is fraught with potential hazards. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that workers have a safe environment to work in.
The U. S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined that the following are the leading causes of fatalities in the construction industry:
- Struck-by hazards
- Caught-in-between hazards
- Electrical hazards
Any unsafe conditions on a construction job are the equivalent of being workplace hazards because if they are not controlled, there is a good chance they will result in an injury, illness, or fatality. Workers should always be alert to unsafe practices and conditions and report hazardous situations. For example, if there are missing guards on equipment, if safety procedures aren’t followed, or if equipment is defective, report the unsafe condition to the employer. The employer has a responsibility at that point to keep the worker informed on the progress in addressing the hazards.
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