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Construction Worker Killed in Hutto Forklift Accident

A man has died after an accident in a parking garage involving a forklift in Hutto. Sheriff’s deputies investigated a deadly scene near Park Loop and State Highway 79 where a metal booth fell off a forklift and landed on the deceased victim. Authorities say the booth was similar to those used to pay in a parking garage.

The incident at around 9 a.m. when a man in his 60s came to borrow a forklift at the shop. The booth fell on the man, killing him. The man was not an employee at the company involved, Starfire.

KXAN News investigated the company involved, and did not find any past violations in court records or with OSHA.

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TXDoT Attempts to Eliminate Work Zone Crashes

Work zone accidents are a common occurrence in Texas. One leading cause of workplace injuries occurs due to motor vehicle crashes. Drivers must navigate around heavy concrete barriers, slow-moving equipment, and vehicles that make sudden stops.

All these obstacles make a recipe for disaster. That’s why speed limits are so much lower in work zones. But looking at dangers of work zones, the lower speed limit likely isn’t enough.

  • According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 25,162 work zone traffic crashes in 2018.
  • In 2018, 684 workers sustained serious injuries in work zones.
  • A tragic 161 workers lost their lives in work zones in 2018.

TXDoT asks all drivers to slow down in work zones in order to prevent accidents. Take extra caution when it’s dark outside or or workers are close to the road.

In 2013 a Texas law passed that requires drivers to move over or slow down when approaching work crews or emergency vehicles on the road or shoulder.

MoPac wrong-way driver charged with DWI, Strikes Construction Site

MoPac construction workers faced a dangerous situation when a drunk wrong-way driver crashed into the construction site early Thursday Dec. 15. Authorities say the driver was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes around 2:40 a.m. when he crashed into a heavy piece of construction equipment known as an excavator. The crash took place near Westover Road. The intoxicated driver was transported to a nearby hospital. Police charged the driver with a DWI.

What is a Construction Accident Injury?

The Austin, Texas area is growing, and construction jobs are in high demand. Most construction jobs offer a good standard of living for skilled electricians; ironworkers; bricklayers; carpenters and plumbers. These jobs are also physically challenging and demanding; injuries on the job are very common.

The work is difficult and inherently dangerous, made harder by negligent drivers, adverse weather conditions, workers with various skill levels and defective equipment. Drivers near Work Zones should take caution. Building better roads, bridges, patching pot holes, and maintaining a safe transportation system are all tasks that unfortunately pose serious dangers for maintenance crews and contractors.

Work Zone Construction Accident Lawyers in Austin

If you have been injured on the job, you need an experienced attorney who can fight for the compensation you and your family deserve. Lawyers who focus on construction accident injury case generally have concentrations in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and third-party liability.

  • personal injury
  • workers’ comp
  • third party liability

Lawyers play important role in Work Zone cases

Many construction workers are unable to return to the same skilled work after an accident. You will need money for medical bills, lost wages and retraining. You will not get all you are entitled to without the assistance of a competent advocate by your side.

What you can do before an accident

Workers’ Compensation Insurance is not mandatory in Texas (TXCOMP), so before an accident happens find out what insurance, if any, the employer has. By law, they are supposed to inform you when they hire you for a job but that isn’t always the case, and construction sites are a bit different than other workplaces. If they do not have TXCOMP, they must apply with the state to be “self Insured.”

If your employer does carry Workers’ Compensation then at least medical bills will be paid. There are four types of Workers’ Compensation benefits: Income, Medical, Burial and Death. However, Workers’ Compensation is not the best resource for other expenses and needs an injured worker might have. Nor is it the best coverage in cases of serious injury, such as the loss of a limb or death. One thing Workers’ Compensation does do; it protects the employer from any lawsuit that may come out of a workplace injury.

A lawyer who has a concentration in Workers’ Compensation may be a solid resource for those who face an injury at the hands of the negligence of an employer.

After an Austin Work Zone Accident Happens

After a workplace accident happens, the injured work (or next of kin if the accident was fatal) needs to retain the services of an experienced attorney. Construction law and Workers’ Compensation is tightly woven together and without aggressive, knowledgeable assistance you will be at a real disadvantage. Again, a lawyer who focuses on Workers’ Comp is most qualified to assist with Workers Comp claims.

Experienced attorneys consider, in addition to the workers’ compensation insurance system, the possibility of third party liability. This must be done quickly, as construction site employers and employees finish their part of the project, and they are gone. Because third parties are not covered under Workers’ Compensation, so there is a possibility to claim damages from them.

There are also product liability issues that need to be explored. Product liability would involve ladders or scaffolding that break or equipment failure.

A personal injury attorney may be able to help with a third party liability claim.

There are many opportunities to consider Third Party liability such as:
  • Contractor: They have the responsibility of making sure that all the work being done on the job site is safe. This responsibility encompasses the sub-contractors they hire and anyone they see fit to work on the job.
  • Landowner: Most landowners or site owners carry liability insurance and can be liable for accidents that occur on their land by workers or “invitees.”
  • Engineer: They can be potentially liable if they aren’t checking the work site to make sure the specifications of the plans are being adhered to.
  • Sub-Contractor: Sub-contracting is a major part of most construction projects, but it is also cover for not following safety requirements under OSHA, proper training for unskilled workers and equipment repairs.
  • Manufacturer of tools or equipment: Some equipment may not be properly maintained and when it fails, it could be liable for the injury.

Retaining a Law Firm to Obtain Needed Compensation

At McMinn Law Firm, we help people get the funds they need to deal with lost income, medical bills, and other costs of a serious construction site injury. We act quickly, investigating the accident and determining liability and the cost of your injuries, so that you can get the compensation when you need it.

If you have been injured in a construction site accident, contact McMinn Law Firm to learn about your rights and your options.

Our firm handles accident cases arising from Our lawyers have helped people injured by falling pipes and heavy equipment accidents. If you have been injured, you need a construction accident lawyer with the responsiveness, commitment, and resources to build a strong case for you.
At McMinn Law Firm, LLP, we offer a no charge initial consultation to discuss your case. We take every personal injury case on contingency fee basis, that means we only get paid if you agree to a settlement or when a jury decides in your favor. You are welcome to come to our office, or we will meet with you in the privacy of your home or the hospital.