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Fall from platform kills worker at hotel construction site

Texas construction workers may have heard in the news of a recent loss among their own. A 35-year-old man from Brownsville died while working on an unfinished hotel in Harlingen at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 24.

The man was taking part in the construction of a new hotel on Bass Pro Drive and had stood upon a supply platform that was en route to the fourth floor of the project. The floor of the platform suddenly lost its stability as the man was working to offload goods from the platform to the fourth floor, causing him to fall.

Efforts by EMS workers to rescue the unresponsive victim failed, and the local Justice of the Peace pronounced him dead at the scene. An autopsy is pending, and authorities report that no safety harness was in use at the time of the man's death.

In comparison to those suffered by employees in many other industries, construction accidents could have especially disastrous consequences for workers and their families. A family who loses a member to a work accident in a high-risk industry may feel that the company that employed the deceased did not enforce suitably safe work practices among its employees and that such behavior may imply negligence on the part of the company. A personal injury attorney can apply knowledge of the law in such a situation to potentially resolve a claim for wrongful death in a way that can help a family mend from its loss as effectively as possible. In such cases, the state's work safety regulations and potential violations thereof may require analysis to determine the possibility of an employer's fault.

Source: ValleyCentral.com, "Construction worker dies after falling from 4th floor hotel", Valeria Aponte, May 24, 2014

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