One construction worker is dead and two others were injured when a ceiling collapsed at a building renovation. According to reports from Haltom City Police Department, the accident occurred in the old Hawks Electronics building on the 5700 block of Airport Freeway early morning July 10.
Deputy Chief Fred Napp of the Haltom City Fire Department confirmed that the building was not occupied by tenants and was under construction. His crews will examine the building and call in experts to assess the structural integrity before work on the renovation is allowed to resume.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner first identified the victim as 28-year-old Julio Menendez of Dallas, but after reporters from Telemundo 39 spoke with the victim’s family, he was properly identified as 32-year-old Luis Gonzalez. Gonzalez, a Guatemalan citizen, was allegedly using a fake ID listing the address of a store near where he was living.
Construction is one of the most dangerous professions in the U.S. due to the hectic and sometimes unpredictable conditions at construction sites. Construction site accidents often result in death due to the heavy equipment, high risk of unhealthy environmental exposures, and instability of ground and building features. Construction safety is obviously important while on the worksite. Although little is known about the circumstances of this accident, safety gear and proper site maintenance are vital to all workers’ safety.
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