Falling from a scaffold - one of the top causes of construction site fatalities - has claimed another victim in San Antonio, Texas. According to KSAT Channel 12 News, a worker fell to his death from a scaffold at Platinum Shavano Oaks Complex, 14811 Huebner Road, around 6 p.m. on September 23, 2013. Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident. Construction equipment and crews were on site.
Construction site incidents account for almost 20 percent of all workplace fatalities each year. The number of fatal construction work injuries increased byfive percent from 2011 to 2012. Falls are the leading cause of these deaths, making up 35 percent of all construction site fatalities in 2011. Incorrectly erected or improperly used scaffolds cause an estimated 4,500 injuries and 50 fatalities every year.
Fall protection is the most frequently violated OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standard. Following these simple OSHA guidelines could dramatically reduce - or eradicate - construction fatalities from falls:
- Plan ahead to get the job done safely
- Provide the right equipment
- Train workers to use equipment safely
It is not yet known if OSHA has been called in to investigate the accident at Platinum Shavano Oaks.
Injured workers and survivors in construction accident cases are advised to call the personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Fidel Rodriguez, Jr. for experienced and tough representation.