AUSTIN, TX — At least 22 people were injured at a construction site in the Mueller development Wednesday morning, when a pair of cranes collided and then partially collapsed.
Spectrum News reported the incident happened at 1600 Robert Browning Street, a block south of Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Images of the scene suggest that the construction project is a large, mixed-use building typical of the area.
The collision scattered debris onto the worksite below, injuring at least 22 people. While most of the injuries were minor, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services transported several people to a nearby hospital. The severity of their injuries is currently unknown.
Common Causes of On-the-Job Accidents
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 2.8 million people were injured at work in 2018. While injuries occur in a wide variety of fields, injuries serious enough to result in days away from work occur at significantly higher rates in construction, agriculture, and transportation/warehousing.
In 2018, a total of 5,250 workplace deaths were recorded, including 4,779 fatalities in the private sector. Of those 4,779 deaths, some 1,008—or 21.1%—occurred at construction sites, according to OSHA. Tragically, the majority of these deaths could have been prevented if employers and contractors had exercised adequate care and caution.
Common causes of construction-site accidents include:
- Construction vehicle accidents
- Crane accidents
- Roof accidents/skylight accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Structure collapses
- Defective equipment
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you could be eligible to claim workers’ compensation benefits from your employer to help pay for your medical bills and recoup a portion of the wages you miss out on from time off of work. If a third-party, like a contractor or another entity, caused the accident, you could be eligible to file a third-party injury claim (often alongside your workers’ compensation claim) to secure recompense for the harm you suffered due to their negligence.
Because construction accident claims can be complicated, it is crucial not to try to handle your claim on your own. Instead, consult with an attorney who has specific experience helping injured workers get the answers, justice, and fair compensation they deserve.
Contact a Construction Accident Attorney Now
Were you or someone close to you injured in a construction crane accident in Austin? If so, contact an experienced Austin construction accident attorney at The Ammons Law Firm right away. Our team of experienced attorneys have the skills and resources necessary to help you get the compensation you deserve. There is no fee to speak with us, and when you hire us, you’ll pay nothing out of pocket for our representation. We will only collect our fees when we recover compensation for you.
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