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Construction worker crushed on Texas jobsite

Working in construction can often mean working with heavy, powerful and complicated machinery. It is crucial that employees are properly trained on this equipment and that it is properly built and before use. If these things fail to happen, a worker can be catastrophically injured by an accident involving these huge machines.

Some pieces of heavy construction equipment that can often be found on jobsites are also among those most often involved in a serious industrial accident. For example, cranes, forklifts, trucks and other types of construction vehicles are typically cited when a worker is hurt or killed on the job. After an accident like this happens, it is vital that the vehicle be inspected for any dangerous or defective parts in order to determine what caused an accident to occur.

That is what is authorities may be investigating after a tragic construction accident resulted in the death of a worker.

According to reports, a 49-year-old man was working on a Southeast Texas construction project. He was using a large vehicle called a dirt compactor, which can be used to level ground on a jobsite. Depending on the model, it can be a very heavy and powerful piece of equipment. 

While the worker was using the compactor, he was attempting to navigate a large pile of dirt. But as he tried to get over the mound, the compactor tipped and fell over, trapping the man underneath it. By the time help arrived, he had suffered extremely serious injuries and was taken to the hospital, where he passed away.

In the aftermath of such a tragic accident, it is important that a thorough investigation be conducted. The jobsite, work vehicles, employment practices and training procedures should all be scrutinized in order to identify what failed and what, if anything, could have been done to prevent such a terrible tragedy. In many cases, a victim's family will speak with an attorney in order to make sure this process is completed and that they get the answers they deserve. 

Source: The Brownsville Herald, "Construction worker dies after Texas accident," Nov. 20, 2013

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