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Fatal Texas construction accident results in a lawsuit

A Dec. 3 construction accident at Kyle Field is reported to have taken the life of a worker. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's investigation is still ongoing, and in the meantime, the family of the deceased worker has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to details noted in the lawsuit, the worker was operating a Caterpillar Skid Steer Loader on the fourth level of a ramp, and the equipment was being used to catch falling concrete debris at the time of the accident. There was work being done overhead, and the loader was positioned to catch chunks of concrete when a very large piece of concrete broke loose from a column and fell directly into the skid steer loader's grappling bucket. The weight of this larger piece of concrete reportedly caused the piece of equipment that the worker was operating to topple over the edge.

Reports indicate that when the skid steer loader hit a beam during its fall, it flipped, causing the worker's ejection out onto a pile of rubble. The lawsuit asserts that the worker landed on his back and experienced massive torso and head trauma. He subsequently died at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

The lawsuit accuses the construction company involved and several other defendants with gross negligence. The suit also claims that inadequate safety procedures and policies were in place, and that a variety of federal OSHA violations were committed. Wrongful death lawsuits such as the one that has been filed following this construction accident often seek compensation for pain and suffering of the deceased as well as for expenses incurred by the unexpected death. The loss of economic support for a family can also be a consideration in such cases.

Source: KBTX, "Lawsuit Filed In Kyle Field Construction Death", December 23, 2013

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