Personal Injury

Construction accident kills two and injures two near Dallas

Two construction workers were killed and two seriously injured last Thursday morning in a work site accident in Lewisville, Texas about 20 miles north of Dallas. According to initial reports, 34-year-old Gerardo Horta of Dallas and Rafael Ruiz-Garcia, 41, of Denton were killed when the boom of a cement truck collapsed, striking them and the other workers.

The men were working on the construction of a new park-and-ride rail station, a project contracted by the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) to Lemco Construction,  when the accident occurred about 5:15 a.m. The concrete-pumping truck was being operated by Central Concrete Pumping of Fort Worth, Texas.

Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspected the construction site Thursday after the accident and turned it back over to Lemco later in the day. OSHA declined to comment on the investigation, which it says could take up to six months to complete.

According to DCTA, the equipment at fault will be dismantled and inspected next week and construction at the site might not resume for several days. DCTA President Jim Cline said that work would be suspended as long as necessary, but predicted the suspension would last one week or two if necessary.

Cline told the Denton Record-Chronicle that the construction company was ahead of schedule with its work on the commuter station.

According to the Record-Chronicle, “when asked if the need to meet the agency’s self-imposed deadline has officials moving too quickly, Guy McElroy, Denton’s representative on the DCTA board replied, ‘I know we do want to get some things done by a certain time and we’re working on that. Of course, right now our concerns are with the families and our thoughts are with them.’”

The two survivors suffered leg injuries and were being treated at local hospitals in Dallas and Lewisville. Authorities do not believe their injuries are life threatening.