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Worker killed in backhoe accident

A Texas worker was killed in an on-the-job accident on Jan. 8 when a backhoe fell on him. The fatal accident took place on private land in Harlingen near Brazil Road while the man was working on a project for the Harlingen Irrigation District.

Sources indicate that the man was working with a backhoe when it fell on top of him. He became trapped underneath the machine, and when first responders arrived at the scene, they declared the man dead. The Cameron County Sheriff's Department began an investigation, and the road where the incident took place was closed to drivers for a short time. It is unclear if there have been any other workplace accidents involving the HID.

After a fatal workplace accident like this one, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may launch an investigation to determine if there were any safety violations that contributed to a worker's death. Whether or not the employer is found liable for the accident, family members of a deceased worker could file a workers' compensation claim. However, by doing so, the worker's family gives up the right to file a lawsuit against the employer.

There are some fatal workplace accidents that involve liable third parties. When someone is killed on the job because of a third party's negligent actions, the person's surviving family members may have a case for filing a third-party claim. Working with an experienced attorney during this time could provide a family with more insight on how best to approach these legal matters.

Source: KRGV.com, "Irrigation District worker killed in Harlingen", Jan. 8, 2015

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