Anybody working in construction knows that there are certain risks that come with the job. Working with dangerous tools, loose nails, and even falling objects are all well-known risks of being on a construction site. But what about falling roofs?
Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Jonathan Sneed have reached a confidential settlement against Gilbane Building Company, Sunstate Equipment Company, LLC., and Derik Ben Matejka, regarding a construction accident that occurred on July 26, 2016. The settlement agreement brings about a positive conclusion to the lawsuit seeking compensation for severe and permanent injuries Benjamin Portillo suffered after he was run over by a 9,000-pound truck at a Texas A&M University construction site.
In Texas, a worker dies at his or her workplace every day. In 2017, a worker in Texas died on the job on average every sixteen hours. These workers died as a result of electrocution, asphyxiation, falls, exposure to toxins, equipment malfunctions, heatstroke, and automobile collisions. Further, in that same year, the workplace death toll was greater than the number of murders in Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Austin combined, making 2017 the most dangerous year for workers in Texas in two decades.
A dump truck worker sustained injuries on January 10, 2019 after a ladder malfunctioned on the dump truck he was operating. The worker filed a lawsuit on April 16, 2019 in Harris County against Strong Industries, Inc. ("Strong"), the designer and manufacturer of the dump truck.
On the morning of July 6, 2018, Karen Reed was having her coffee at her home in Porter, Texas. "I heard a metal on metal noise, a boom. When I heard it I looked at my son who lives next door and said, 'baby that can't be good,'" Reed said.
On June 26, 2018, a small 25-bed hospital in Gatesville, Texas, was the scene of a terrible, but likely avoidable tragedy. Fifteen construction workers suffered burns and shrapnel injuries when an electric generator exploded. Construction worker Michael Bruggman, 44, was killed in the explosion. Questions remain as to whether this tragedy was the result of a faulty natural gas line, or from an issue with the generator itself.
Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Jonathan Sneed have reached a confidential settlement against Piling, Inc. regarding a fatal incident that occurred on June 27, 2016. The settlement brings a favorable end to the family's lawsuit seeking compensation for the gross negligence of the company that resulted in the death of their loved one.
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.
The construction industry is one that is vital to our society as it continues to expand. This necessity does not come without a cost though. Every day construction workers are risking their lives in order to accomplish their jobs. According to various studies the construction industry is currently ranking high with the number of accidents and injuries that arise, in fact they are often in the greatest danger because of their work, even when using the proper safety equipment and techniques.
According to new Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the rate of Latino construction worker fatalities on job sites has continued to rise from 2010-2013. This alarming rate has coincided with a declining fatality rate for non-Latinos. This disproportionate rate of fatalities to total industry population has leaders searching for answers.