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Texas construction site accident injures 12

A Texas construction site accident hospitalized as many as 12 workers on May 27. Reports indicated that weather conditions contributed to the accident. The workers' construction injuries were described as non-life-threatening but the nature of their injuries was undisclosed.

The incident occurred at a future polyvinyl alcohol facility in La Porte. A worker at the site called emergency services at about 7 a.m. to report the accident, which occurred in the 13000 block of Bay Area Blvd. near Fairmont Parkway. Workers were injured when a tent at the site collapsed as a result of high winds in the area. The tent collapse caused scaffolding, planks and other building materials to fall onto the people working nearby. Reports described the falling objects raining down on the workers from above.

Teams from two emergency response services responded to the scene. Crews took eleven injured people to Clear Lake Hospital in Webster, St. Johns Hospital and Southeast Memorial Hospital. All eleven were in stable condition. One person was taken to First Choice Urgent Care in La Porte.

Thousands of construction accidents involve unstable scaffolding or falling objects. While construction companies cannot control weather conditions, they must ensure that work areas are secure and can remain safe even in harsh weather conditions to protect employees from injuries. Head, neck and spinal trauma can all result from falling object and scaffolding accidents. These injuries may leave injured workers disabled and unable to return to work. Injured workers who believe that their employer's negligence contributed to their accidents may wish to file suit against their companies. A personal injury attorney can guide a client through the process of filing a claim against the employer.

Source: The Pasadena Citizen, "Workers injured after high winds cause construction tent collapse", Kristi Nix, May 28, 2014

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