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Accident causes second death in a week at Texas construction site

Poor training, poor equipment maintenance, poor vehicle maintenance, failure to implement appropriate safety policies -- these are all common causes of work-related accidents, especially in high-risk fields such as construction and oil and gas. Those industries are also some of the biggest in Texas.

Questions of worker training, equipment maintenance and safety procedures will undoubtedly come up after the second death in less than a week at a construction site in North Texas. We discussed the first fatal accident in a recent post.

Now a family is grieving the loss of a 22-year-old worker who celebrated his birthday just one day before the accident. While the exact cause of the accident is still being investigated, the young man's family believes that his ankle became caught beneath the axle of an 18-wheeler on the site. The father of the man was reportedly driving the truck at the time, while his grandfather was standing nearby.

Contractors have halted work on the site, where construction of a high school activity center was underway. The local school board has also decided to hire a safety consultant, and all other construction projects in the district have been put on hold for a safety review.

A news report has more details.

The reality is that construction accidents are preventable, and in many cases, failures on the part of employers factor into why workers are injured. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a work-related accident, then don't hesitate to explore your legal options for obtaining compensation and holding the responsible parties accountable.

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