While most other states require employers to carry workers' compensation insurance, Texas does not. While such insurance typically provides limited benefits to victims of construction accidents and other work-related incidents, injured workers in Texas can pursue financial relief through the civil justice system of the state. A victim of a 2018 natural gas explosion decided to take such steps.
Construction company owners in Texas are responsible for the health and safety of their workers. A part of that responsibility involves safety training, regardless of the experience levels of the workers. Construction accidents that result from mistakes made by inexperienced workers who never received the necessary safety training are all too common.
Construction workers in Austin and other areas of Texas will always face multiple occupational hazards, some of which are more prevalent than others are. Workers in this industry spend a significant percentage of work time in elevated areas. This explains why a considerable number of construction accidents involve trip and fall incidents. Trip hazards can cause falls from scaffolds and other high areas, but uneven terrain, random pieces of equipment, building materials and debris can cause falls at ground level.