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Man killed at construction site remembered 

A man from the Texas community of Highlands that died in an accident while working on storage tanks was living in a trailer in the Corpus Christi area while assigned to a local job. The 54-year-old worker at the job site died in February when a metal pipe fell on him. OSHA's investigation is expected to take about six months. The fatally injured worker had been employed by the Pasadena Tank Corporation based in Houston.

His brother indicated that he had been working for the company for several years. He also said that his brother died less than a month after he celebrated his 54th birthday. The fatally injured worker leaves behind a wife and a stepson. In a conversation with the reporter, the brother of the deceased also suggested that the family really doesn't have many answers yet as to what exactly happened at the work site.

The brother told the local reporter of how he received the phone call about the accident while he was having a quiet family dinner. He spoke of how hard it was for he and his father to go through the funeral. He suggested that only those that go through such an experience can imagine what it is like.

When a construction accident takes the life of a worker, the family of the deceased may consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit if there is evidence that negligent conduct contributed to the loss of life. In fatal accidents at construction sites, there may be negligence on the part of various contractors involved, or on the part of workers that such companies employ. Family members may seek compensation for loss of financial support and companionship and, in some cases, exemplary damages.

Source: KRISTV, "Brother of Worker Killed in Construction Accident Speaks Out", Sara Donchey, March 05, 2014

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