As a Miami Construction Site Injury Lawyer, I constantly get feedback and notifications regarding deadly construction site accidents. The newest tragedy occurred early Monday morning when two construction site workers were attempting to reinforce a 40-year old retaining wall in Jacksonville, Texas. While taking a brief break from their duties, a 30 foot section of that wall toppled over – crushing and killing the construction workers immediately upon impact.
At this point, it is unclear as to the cause of the giant wall to collapse, or whether anything could have been done to prevent this tragedy. Undoubtedly, when a person signs up to be a construction worker, he or she certainly acknowledges the risks associated with such a dangerous profession. Nevertheless, federal, state, and local regulations exist to ensure that construction sites are maintained in the safest possible fashion. Yet, construction site accidents continue to occur, despite strict regulations in place to protect the safety of our workers.
Unbeknownst to many, construction workers’ lives are constantly at risk while working to repair, renovate, or construct public highways, roadways, etc. Why put their lives at risk? Perhaps Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell said it best when commenting about the tragedy in Jacksonville: “The problem they were going to try to help fix is what killed them.”
By: Brandon Stein