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Houston widow sues after husband's fatal industrial accident

He was a young husband and father working hard to provide for his family. But the American dream ended in tragedy for him and now his widow has filed a lawsuit against his Harris County employer on behalf of his estate and on behalf of the couple's three young children.

She filed the suit last week against Houston's Consolidated Distributors, Inc., where her husband was working at the time of his fatal industrial accident, and against a New Jersey company that sells the industrial shredder the man was working on at the time.

According to reports, the 33-year-old was pulled into the machine. He suffered multiple blunt force trauma wounds and died later of those injuries.

The man was employed as a subcontractor or temporary worker for the West 34th Street company, working on a RecycleTech XT200 machine. According to information posted online by the manufacturer of the machine, the device shreds and then melts styrofoam which can then be reused.

The widow's lawsuit claims the machine had no safety guard on it to prevent the sort of accident that happened to her husband.

The Houston Police said the man was feeding styrofoam into the industrial shredder when he reached into the machine, and was pulled into the device.

The woman's lawsuit says her husband was not given adequate training and instruction on how to safely perform his duties.

A Houston Chronicle article indicates the company didn't have a workers' compensation plan in place at the time of the tragedy.

The defendants in the suit did not respond to requests for comments from the newspaper.

If the widow's claims are accurate, her young family is now without the companionship, guidance and love of her husband and her children's father. They are also now without his income as well as future income and benefits such as health insurance.

She has acted on behalf of her late husband and her children to seek full, fair compensation for the devastating loss to her family.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Houston widow sues after accident in shredding, melting machine," by Carol Christian, Oct. 24, 2013

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