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.
David Lee White and Lomax Phillips were working on an overpass when the wagon lift they were in collapsed. The men fell 90 feet to their death. Mr. Phillips' wife and two children filed suit against Mr. Phillips' employer, which is the contractor hired by the state for the construction project. The manufacturer of the wagon lift was also named in the suit.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently been cracking down on U.S. construction sites for health and safety violations. When a worker is injured, an OSHA citation may seem like a justified response. However, this citation may result in the injured worker getting less compensation for his or her injuries in civil cases. The lawyers of Abraham Watkins have the experience and expertise to reverse this effect.
A crane operator recently died at a construction site while working to rebuild the Garden Ridge on I-45 and Highway 242 in the Woodlands. According to the reports, the crane was lifting a wall piece for a new store when the crane collapsed pinning the operator in the cab under the weight of the crane. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the cause of the death of this worker and the safety of the worksite.