The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the agency that is typically called upon when construction site accidents happen. Accidents can occur during the construction of buildings, houses or even barns. An accident occurred recently at Texas A&M’s equine barn, and due to the amount of farms in North Carolina, this accident could affect the citizens of this state as well. Five workers were injured, and as with other serious constructions site accidents, authorities will work to piece together what happened and determine what steps can be taken to avoid similar incidents in the future.
The 300-foot-long barn collapsed due to causes which are currently being looked into. As the building collapsed, the workers were attempting to work on beams in a lift which was 40 feet off the ground. All five workers had to be taken to area hospitals. Four are said to currently be in stable condition.
First responders at the scene not only had to ensure that the workers received immediate medical attention, but also they had to secure the site as well as contact the proper governmental authorities. Work is not to be resumed on the barn until the investigation is over. The barn is expected to be an important addition to the university.
The farming community in North Carolina should be aware of this accident because it could have occurred anywhere. Safety measures should be taken in order to avoid further construction site accidents of this caliber. The employees injured might be entitled to personal injury lawsuits as well as workers’ compensation claims to help support them financially as they recover from their work related injuries.
Source: thebatt.com, “OSHA investigates construction accident,” Jessica Smarr, June 24, 2013