A construction worker and father of two children was killed after a horrible fall on Dec. 3 at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, where he was working on the renovation of the stadium. Now the victim’s family is suing multiple contractors and construction companies involved in the $450 million project, including the young construction worker’s employer, Lindamood Demolition, Inc.

According to the plaintiffs, the six companies named in the suit were in violation of Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations. OSHA is still investigating the accident, as are state agencies. Both the construction worker’s employer and one of the other defendants, Manhattan Construction, have received previous OSHA citations in recent years.

The details of the accident outlined in the legal action, like those of many construction accidents, are brutal. The construction worker was working on the fourth level of a ramp when a large piece of concrete debris from the demolition dropped into the bucket of the tractor he was operating, causing the piece of machinery to strike a steel beam. The worker fell out of the machine onto the rubble below. Although he was transported to the hospital, he was unable to survive the traumatic injuries he sustained. In addition his 6-year-old and 7-year-old children, who live in another state with their mother, the Irving man is survived by his mother, who lives in Dallas. He had been helping her out financially.

Although construction sites are inherently dangerous places, and demolition projects perhaps even more so, companies involved in this type of work are responsible for providing as safe an environment for workers as reasonably possible. While safety agencies like OSHA, which exist to provide workplace safety regulations and sanctions, conduct thorough investigations of terrible incidents like the one at Kyle Field, these inquiries take time. Meanwhile, families have to find a way not just to deal with the injury or loss of a loved one emotionally, but to cope with the financial loss of the person who is often the breadwinner. They can and should hold companies responsible for anything that contributed to the accident – including failure to properly maintain equipment or take other appropriate precautions at a worksite – legally accountable.

Source: The Eagle, “Lawsuit filed in death at Kyle Field” Jordan Overturf, Dec. 24, 2013