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This website is maintained by the Law Offices of Dean Malone, P.C., a Dallas, Texas law firm representing people across Texas for work injury cases. We have attempted to provide useful information for those harmed by work injuries.

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A Construction Contractor in Southeast Austin is Crushed by a Concrete Slab

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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On the morning of Wednesday, August 9, 2017, in Southeast Austin, a construction worker was crushed when a concrete slab fell on him. Emergency crews went to the scene. Firefighters used drills, sledgehammers, and other tools to try to free the man from underneath the 30,000- to 40,000-pound concrete slab. They finally reached the worker, but he was already deceased and was pronounced dead at 10:01 am.

According to Division Chief Palmer Buck of the Austin Fire Department, the preformed concrete panel was going to be used for a parking garage that was being built. It wasn’t known at the time the fatal workplace accident occurred how the worker became trapped underneath the concrete slab.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted an investigation, as it does anytime there is an on-the-job fatality. Conclusions and news of any proposed penalties for alleged safety violations are usually published several months after an OSHA inspection.

According to OSHA statistics, every year, more than 4,500 workers die in the workplace.  The following are a few of many details from the 2015 OSHA report on fatal occupational injuries by industry, event, or exposure:

  • The total number of workplace fatalities in the U.S. in 2015 was 4,836.
  • The total number of fatalities in the construction industry was 937.
  • In the construction of buildings, 175 workers died.
  • Total number of roofing contractors that died was 87.
  • A total of 167 building equipment contractors suffered fatal on-the-job injuries.
  • In the manufacturing industry, 353 workers died.
  • In the utilities industry, 221 people were fatally injured.

Employers have a duty to keep workers safe on the job. OSHA provides detailed safety guidelines on countless workplace activities. Construction is one of the most hazardous industries to work in.

–Guest Contributor

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Two Construction Workers in Corpus Christi, Texas, are Pinned Between Concrete Slabs

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Portrait of a Stack of Concrete Slabs

Portrait of a Stack of Concrete Slabs (Photo credit: cdsessums)

In Corpus Christi, Texas, back in March, two construction workers were injured after becoming pinned between two concrete slabs. Both men were quickly transported to Spohn Memorial Hospital, and news of their condition has not been released. Working in construction can be very dangerous, and lift-slab operations are among the hazardous construction jobs which workers face.

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides safety and health standards for all job industries, and they have information specifically about lift-slab operations. The information is indicative of the type of safety precautions employers are responsible to take.

Before lift-slab operations can even begin, they must first be planned and designed by an experienced professional engineer. The employer must implement the designs and plans, which should have detailed sketches and instructions making the prescribed safe method of erection clear. Lateral stability of the building during construction must also be ensured, with details provided.

The jacking equipment used must be capable of supporting a minimum of 2 and ½ times the weight of the load to be lifted during operations, and it must also be clearly marked with the rated capacity designated by the manufacturer. It’s important that jacking equipment not be overloaded.

For safety reasons, under no circumstances will an employee who is not essential to a jacking operation be allowed underneath a slab when it is being lifted.

Only employees necessary to the jacking operation will be allowed in a structure/building while a jacking operation is underway unless and until the building has been sufficiently reinforced to ensure the integrity of the structure during erection.

–Guest Contributor

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