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Texas construction worker killed in four-story fall

Houston media outlets reported yesterday that a 25-year-old demolition worker fell four stories at the Texas A&M football stadium undergoing renovation in College Station.

The fatal construction accident happened late yesterday morning at Kyle Field, officials said. The worker died of his injuries soon afterwards at a nearby hospital.

The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the circumstances of the accident, along with the university and its police department.

In an unrelated matter, the Houston Chronicle reports that a worker in an industrial accident is missing and feared dead after a Washington state silo collapse.

The silo company was cited by the state's Department of Labor earlier this year for six safety violations deemed serious.

Recovery operations were delayed until workers stabilized a pair of nearby silos damaged when 50 tons of corn spilled from the collapsed structure.

A fire department official said authorities are worried that the other silos would collapse when the spilled corn is cleared from the area.

The missing worker was performing maintenance on the structure when the 75-foot-high silo collapsed. The reason for the collapse is yet unknown, a media outlet reported.

The man is reportedly in his 50s, though other personal information was being withheld.

Another maintenance worker escaped the collapse, as did two other people in an office not far away.

The pain that grieving families of victims endure is compounded by medical bills, funeral expenses and losses of income and benefits. Those damages are best discussed with an attorney experienced in holding negligent employers accountable.

Source: myfoxhouston.com, "Construction worker dies at Texas A&M stadium," Dec. 3, 2013

Houston Chronicle, "Washington silo collapses; worker presumed dead," Dec. 2, 2013

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