A worker was killed and five injured last week after the three-story townhome under construction they took shelter in during a storm collapsed on them, fire officials said.
Raul Ortega Cabrera, 35, died at the scene. Those injured were taken to local hospitals for treatment, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening and involved bumps, bruises and fractures. Dozens of other workers were outside the townhome but were not injured. For safe measure, cadaver dogs were called in to search the scene, but no other bodies were found.
Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans called the incident “devastating,” adding, “We are very fortunate that the people who did survive, survived.”
The West Dallas area where the townhome cave-in occurred is experiencing a boom in construction. A supervisor with Texas Core Concrete was not on the site at the time of the accident but said the company was serving as the contractor for Megatel Homes. A witness said that shortly after the accident, a woman was spotted removing Megatel signs from the vicinity.
It is not known if the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was notified of the accident, as is required by law.
According to OSHA, construction is the deadliest line of work, accounting for more than a fifth of workplace fatalities. The four most common causes of fatalities in the construction industry include falls, struck-by-object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
The deceased was a father of two. His wife is expecting their third child.