On Wednesday, December 16, Attorney Kala Sellers of Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of a man who was killed in a fatal construction accident. The man, 51-years-old, was crushed by an elevator on June 12 when he was working on the elevator shaft at the construction of Baylor’s new business school. Baylor's Business School is a 275,000 square foot facility named the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation.
The lawsuit named several defendants—including Rosendin Electric, Inc, of San Jose, CA; Flintco, LLC, of Tulsa, OK; Kone, Inc., of IL; Rick Edmiston, of Eddy; and Daryl Eugene Thompson, of Dallas. Our firm alleged that the contractors did not properly lock, or tag, the elevator system when work was being performed—which allowed the elevator to be operated while the deceased was working in the shaft.
“Baylor should insist that the contractors that they hired to complete the prestigious new business school take responsibility for this senseless tragedy. The death of a husband and father of three is no acceptable sacrifice for the timely construction of the new Baylor Business School,” stated the lawsuit.
Following the fatal accident, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected the site of the incident and faulted the contractors for not following proper safety procedures.
“Defendants ignored the grave risks of working in an operational elevator shaft,” stated the lawsuit.
Click here to read a WacoTrib.com article about this case.