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Heavy equipment poses threat on Texas construction sites

If and when an accident occurs on a construction, there are generally lives at stake. People working on or near construction sites could be in danger of being catastrophically injured if something goes wrong, so it is crucial that steps be taken to prevent a construction accident in the first place.

However, accidents can and do happen all the time and in many cases, construction workers are injured by the very tools they rely on to complete a job or by the projects themselves. Equipment defects, operator errors and improper training can all contribute to a devastating jobsite accident. A recent incident in Fort Worth, Texas, is currently being investigated for these and other potential hazards after a man was seriously injured while working on bridge construction project.

Reports indicate that the man was working on a piece of equipment on the bridge when he fell 50 feet. After he fell, the equipment on which he was working also fell and landed on top of him. Luckily, the man was not pinned by the machine in the fall, but he was trapped and injured. He was taken to the hospital where he is recovering from the frightening accident. 

Investigators may be looking into why the man and the equipment fell in the first place and whether there should have been safety precautions in place to prevent such an accident. They may also want to look into whether there were any unsafe conditions on the site which could have contributed to the fall.

Construction sites can be dangerous places to work. But workers should remember that just because accidents happen does not mean that they do not have rights to compensation if they are injured. Whether this involves workers' compensation benefits or a third-party negligence suit or both depends on many factors which can be explored with the help of an attorney.

Source: WFAA, "Construction worker hospitalized after equipment falls from Fort Worth bridge," Dec. 17, 2013

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