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Two Construction Workers Die After a Storage Tank Roof Collapses in Corpus Christi, Texas

Friday, December 20th, 2013
Gen'l. Amer. Tank Storage, Houston

Gen’l. Amer. Tank Storage, Houston (Photo credit: SMU Central University Libraries)

Two construction workers died on Sunday, December 15, when the roof of an oil storage tank they were working on collapsed, crushing them.  The fatal workplace accident occurred in Corpus Christi, Texas, just off of I-37 and Southern Minerals.  Both of the men were employed with a California-based company.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is doing an investigation to determine what went wrong that caused the accident.

The United States Department of Labor has released statistics indicating that the most dangerous industry for workers is the construction industry.  Texas currently has the fastest growing construction market, and the increased activity has also meant an increased number of accidents and fatalities.

The construction industry is highly regulated by OSHA because many inherent dangers exist at construction sites.  OSHA frequently issues construction violation citations in the following categories:

  • Fall protection
  • Scaffolding
  • Ladders
  • Excavations
  • Head protection
  • Fall protection training
  • Hazard communication
  • Electrical
  • Construction

Some of the most common injuries sustained by workers at construction sites include:

  • Chemical burns
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Concussions
  • Contusions
  • Amputations
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Sprains
  • Injuries caused by power tools

Texas has a Safety Violations Hotline that workers are encouraged to use if they feel that they are in danger at their workplace.  It’s possible to make anonymous reports.  Employers have a duty to fully investigate these reports and to remedy the hazardous situation.

Considering that construction workers in Texas, as compared to other Texas workers, are four times more likely to die on the job, using the hotline to report dangers on construction sites can reasonably be considered a potentially life-or-death decision.

–Guest Contributor

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