College football is a hot event among not only college students but football fans of all ages in Florida and other parts of the country. For many colleges, this exciting sport draws tens of thousands of fans for every game. That’s why the football stadiums often need to be renovated. Renovation involves construction, which unfortunately can result in fatal accidents. That was the case when a worker fell to his death while renovating a stadium for a popular university.
Texas A&M is currently adding on to its stadium so it can add new grass and increase its seating capacity from 82,600 to 102,500 attendees. This renovation is expected to cost $450 million and involves many workers and companies, including a demolition crew.
A construction accident happened while the demolition crew was working on the stadium on the morning of Dec. 3. One of the crew members fell four stories. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, but he died a short time later.
It is unknown if the demolition company, Lindamood Demolition, will face any charges or safety violations. The construction accident is still under investigation by A&M’s police department, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Safety should be every company’s top priority. However, in the case of the construction industry, time is money. Many companies have deadlines and need to have projects done quickly and efficiently in order to save money. Was this a case of negligence or simply a tragic accident?
The results of the OSHA investigation will determine the next steps. The victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This could help the family recover compensation for economic expenses, such as medical bills and funeral expenses. Those who are in a similar situation may wish to preserve their legal rights and learn more about what types of compensation are available to them, if any.
Source: New York Daily News, “Accident kills construction worker at Texas A&M football stadium” No author given, Dec. 03, 2013