Houston Work Injury Accident
According to the Texas Department of Insurance, construction workers in Houston face many dangers on the job. One of the most common dangers is being killed or injured in a drilling accident.
In October, a construction worker was killed in a drilling accident at a construction site in Houston. The worker, who has not been identified, was operating a drilling rig when the accident occurred. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
NBC affiliate KPRC-TV reports it happened Wednesday morning at a warehouse site in the Houston suburb of Spring. A machine operator put a boring bit down a hole, unaware anyone was inside it at the time.
At some point, the 22-year-old grandson got into the hole and “was killed almost instantly,” Harry County Constable Mark Herman told news outlets.
“I don’t want to get into the logistics of it, but the drill ended up killing him,” Herman told KPRC. “It’s very tragic and appears to be an accident.”
This is just one example of the dangers construction workers in Houston face every day. Other dangers include being struck by falling objects, being caught in or between objects, and electrocution.
In 2016, there were 128 construction workers killed in Texas. Of those, 22 were killed in Houston. That’s an average of one death every two weeks.
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Construction Work is Dangerous Work
There are several things that can be done to reduce the risks construction workers face. First, workers should be properly trained in safety procedures. Second, construction companies should create a safety plan that includes specific procedures for each type of work being done. Third, construction workers should always wear the proper safety gear, including hard hats, gloves, and protective clothing.
Despite the dangers, construction work is an important part of the Houston economy. Thousands of people work in the construction industry in Houston, and many more jobs are created indirectly. Construction workers build the office buildings, apartments, and houses where we live and work. They also build the roads and bridges we use every day.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the construction workers who help make our city a great place to live. We must also do everything we can to protect them from harm.