Family of construction worker files lawsuit in fatal industrial accident

Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from www.wacotrib.com

The family of a construction worker killed in January while working on Baylor University’s new on-campus football stadium has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and several construction and equipment companies.

Jose Dario Suarez’s wife, two daughters, son and mother are seeking unspecified damages in their lawsuit, which was filed last week in Harris County.

The petition says Harris County is a proper venue for the lawsuit because one of the defendants, Flexifloat Construction Systems, is located in Houston.

Besides Baylor and Flexifloat, the suit also names as defendants Austin Commercial Inc., Austin Bridge and Road, Derr and Isbell Construction Inc. and Genie Industries Inc.

Austin Commercial, Austin Bridge and Road, and Derr and Isbell are construction companies building Baylor’s McLane Stadium and a walking bridge over the Brazos River linking the stadium to campus.

Suarez, 55, of Manor, drowned Jan. 28 after a hydraulic lift he and another construction worker were strapped to slipped or rolled from a modular barge into the Brazos River.

Suarez and another man were working on the pedestrian bridge over the river behind Baylor Law School. The other man was able to untether himself after the lift went into the river, but Suarez was not.

Divers found Suarez’s body still strapped to the lift about four hours later.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the Suarez family, but we have not yet seen the…

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