A construction worker fell to his death early Friday morning while working on a Beltway 8 overpass near Highway 288. The accident occurred around 4:30 a.m. near a South Beltway feeder road which takes cars west toward Highway 288. Officials confirmed that the worker fell from a height of about 30 feet. However, the specifics regarding which spot he fell from remain uncertain.
TxDOT informed ABC13 that the worker was a contractor for the Highway 288 construction project. Currently, crews are in the process of building ramps that connect new toll lanes to the main highway. Part of the construction process involved building 120-foot tall columns to support the new ramps. Officials have not yet confirmed whether the man fell while working on top of one of these columns.
Scenes near the accident show the man’s coworkers consoling each other. The man’s identity has not been released, but it has been confirmed that the man was working for Almeda Genoa Construction. A spokeswoman for the company declined to provide further details, but she did reveal that the man was from Mexico and was in the United States for new work opportunities.
Fall Accidents Claim the Lives of the Most Workers in America
Construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in America. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration emphasizes that construction workers die on the job each year at alarming rates. In 2017, construction workers accounted for 20.7 percent of all private industry fatalities.
Of the 971 deaths in the construction industry, 39.2 percent were accidents during which workers fell from a height. This means that construction fall accidents are the most common killer of workers in the United States.
Construction Accidents in Texas
Regional statistics do not improve the outlook for the safety of construction workers in Texas. In 2017, the Texas Department of Insurance reported that there were 534 worker deaths throughout the state. Of these deaths, 138 of them were construction workers. In other words, 25.8 percent of all worker deaths in Texas are in the construction industry. Just as with national statistics, falls in Texas kill a majority of construction workers. Fall accidents claimed the lives of 44 construction workers in 2017 throughout Texas. Because they are so common, construction companies must ensure that employees receive proper fall prevention training and have the equipment needed to prevent these deadly accidents.
Arnold & Itkin’s construction accident attorneys will continue to follow any updates officials release regarding this incident.