In late January 2014, a 55-year-old employee lost his life in a construction accident at the site of the new Baylor football stadium. Another worker was also injured in the catastrophe.
According to sources, the two victims were doing work on a bridge that hovers over the Brazos River, which is intended to connect the university campus to McLane Stadium, home of the Bears. However, the boom to which the two workers were harnessed broke away from the crane. As a result, the two men fell into the cold river below.
One victim was able to unhook his safety harness. As a result, rescuers pulled him out of the river. After the accident, he was treated for any injuries sustained. The other victim could not remove his safety harness. Four hours after the accident, divers found his body, which was still connected to the boom.
Industrial accidents are a scary thing. In just a matter of moments, a worker's life could be in jeopardy. In fact, at every shift, workers in construction run the risk of an injury.
Construction or industrial accidents come in several forms. Most catastrophes that result in injuries or death include the following worksite issues:
- Falling objects
- Defective work equipment
- Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents
- Gas exposure
- Crane and scaffolding accidents
Such events can severely harm an industrial worker.
If an employee is fortunate enough to survive a serious construction accident, he or she will probably be left with egregious injuries. Moreover, the recovery period could mean lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, trauma and more. In the worst cases, a catastrophic injury could even result in a fatality, as in the account above.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an industrial accident, your first step is to meet with a medical professional. After this, it helps to meet with a lawyer who specializes in industrial accidents. It is not easy to move forward after a tragic accident; however, an experienced personal injury law attorney can help you evaluate your options. When work responsibilities or a negligent employer places you in danger, there are recovery options.
As you scrape to make ends meet and recover from a tragic incident, you may be entitled to monetary damages. However, do not fight your battle alone. Speak with a skilled lawyer about your accident.