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.
In July of 2018, an explosion occurred during construction at a hospital in Gatesville, Texas. The explosion killed three construction workers and left 12 with blast or burn injuries. Investigators concluded that the explosion was caused when natural gas flowed from disconnected lines into a boiler room.
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.
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.
A fire is currently burning out of control at an apartment complex currently under construction at West Dallas and Montrose in Houston. There is no word yet on injuries, but one construction worker was rescued from the third floor and potentially another worker was sighted on the roof. It is clear that the complex will be a total loss.