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Two Die and Another Construction Worker is Injured in Jacksonville, Texas

Thursday, August 9th, 2012


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In a report out of Jacksonville, Texas, two construction workers were killed and another was injured when a retaining wall collapsed at a building site near Lake Jacksonville.  According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, this was an industrial accident.

Sheriff James Campbell says that the wall involved in this work fatality and work injury is approximately between 12 and 15 feet tall and 12 inches thick.  Construction workers were working on installing reinforcing steel when a 30-foot section of the rock and concrete wall collapsed.  Donald Starling, age 60, and Hollis Morris, age 68, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the construction accident.

Investigators say that the injured man is Rodney Morris of Tyler, Texas.  He is the son of the older man who died in the work accident.  Rodney, who is 45 years old, was badly injured; but investigators say the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Jacksonville is in East Texas, approximately 115 miles to the southeast of Dallas.

Texas laws do not always allow injured workers to sue their employers directly.  If a contracting company is at fault for an injury accident in the workplace, however, there is a potential for filing a claim to recover such damages as medical costs, loss of pay while recuperating, and pain and suffering.  When an employee dies in a work injury accident as a result of the employer’s gross negligence, certain family members can sue the employer, whether or not the employer carried workers’ compensation insurance coverage. 

–Guest Contributor

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