A demolition crew was trapped inside the wreckage of a house they were taking down when the structure collapsed on August 14. Three men, including the owner of the house, were working on demolishing the home located in Gregory, Texas when the structure reportedly became unstable.
According to police Sgt. David G. Martinez, one of the men suffered fatal injuries while another was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial with serious injuries. He was listed in critical condition but stabilized after his arrival. The homeowner at first refused treatment but was later taken to the hospital with undetermined injuries, according to reports.
Crews investigated the wreckage and according to Fire Chief Juan Jimenez, the men had removed most of the walls of the structure and the wooden house collapsed in on them.
Demolition and construction accidents are some of the most common workplace accidents due to the hazardous and hectic nature of the workplace. Workers injured on a construction site should be covered under workers’ compensation, but if the injury was due to the negligence of another party, the worker may be able to bring a lawsuit against the liable party for the damages they suffered.
If injured in a construction site accident, it is important to alert your supervisor immediately so you can recover workers’ compensation benefits. After filing your injury report, speak to a personal injury attorney to determine if you have a larger legal case to pursue.