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Texas worker killed in construction accident

Few work environments present as many hazards as that of a construction site. Surrounded by heavy objects and equipment capable of crushing a man or woman, there is plenty of room for serious injury or death while on the job.

Galveston, Texas, residents were reminded of this fact just recently when a workplace accident at the scene of a local construction site claimed the life of a man from Channelview. The accident took place at a shipyard where a crew of workers was digging a hole as a part of a larger project.

The 40-year-old male victim was reportedly using a backhoe, a large piece of equipment that proved its ability to cause death and destruction. According to the Galveston County Medical Examiner's office, the worker was positioned outside of the cab as he used the machine when he was suddenly pinned by the boom.

The man was operating the boom from outside of the backhoe, a feature that is made possible with a pedal. According to reports, when the boom swung around, it pinned him up against one of the support legs of the machine.

Despite efforts from his co-workers, one of which rushed to push another pedal and free him, the worker did not survive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The next order of business for the man's survivors will be to make sure law enforcement investigate the accident to make sure the man's employing company followed all safety measures. In addition to workers' compensation, if the company proved negligent in the case, the man's survivors could file a civil suit.

Source: Galveston Daily News, "Contractor pinned by backhoe dies at shipyard," Chris Paschenko, Nov. 6, 2012

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