A 19-year-old female construction worker, Destiny Rodriguez, was killed Monday in a work-related accident in West Bexar County. The fatality was reported around 10:30 a.m. at a construction site in the 13700 block of Portranco Road, according to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.
A 19 year-old woman died Monday, January 24, while working at a construction site in Bexar County, Texas. The accident happened along Potranco Road near Texas Research Parkway. Destiny Rodriguez was at the bottom of a fifteen foot hole when a backhoe operator dropped the digger into the hole, hitting and crushing her. She died at the scene. Rodriguez's brother was also working with her at the bottom of the hole, but he had just climbed out to get another pipe when Rodriguez was killed.
On March 23, 2015, construction workers were working on an 11 story building when the exterior lift system collapsed. Three men died; their families have filed suit against some of the construction companies involved.
A recent review by the Dallas Morning News discovered that Texas was the deadliest state for construction workers in the country. Within a nine year period from 2002-2012, Texas had 4,593 reported deaths. Many of these fatalities were related to electrical contracting, roofing, and framing jobs. The leading cause of death among construction workers are falls on the worksite.
The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend is investigating the tragic death of Jose Dario Juarez, whose body was recovered from the Brazos River following a construction accident on a pedestrian bridge that leads to Baylor University's brand new $250 million football stadium. The stadium is scheduled to open later this year.
The construction industry is the largest industry in the United States and unfortunately construction site accidents kill and injure thousands of workers each year. Numbers show 1 of 10 workers suffers some kind of on-the-job injury, making a construction site an accident waiting to happen. Every day we see federal reports that reveal an increase in accidents on construction sites. Seven percent of all work-related accidents occur on construction sites, but sixteen percent of all deaths on the job result from construction site fatalities.
According to a story reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the sky along the oceanfront became an ugly purple the afternoon that three men poured concrete from large metal buckets hoisted seven stories to the rooftop where they worked.