2 Texans seriously injured by falling rebar

According to a spokesperson for the San Antonio Police Department, two workers were seriously injured and two others received minor injuries in a construction site accident. The victims were working at a Texas Department of Transportation site on Feb. 2 near the intersection of Loop 410 with U.S. 90.

Law enforcement officers report that some workers were trying to secure 1,000 pounds of rebar in the air to form a support structure for a new access road. As they were tying the rebar together, one of the beams gave way, sending the beams falling and crushing two workers.

One of the victims suffered serious head injuries and multiple fractures. He was listed in critical condition and was taken via ambulance to University Hospital. Another victim had his leg crushed under the rebar. He was also taken to University Hospital, and his condition was listed as serious. Two other workers suffered minor injuries but were treated at the scene and then released.

When construction and refinery accidents happen, several parties may be liable depending on the circumstances of what happened. Construction sites often have multiple subcontractors doing different jobs. When a worker is injured by a subcontractor for whom he or she is not employed, the third-party subcontractor may be liable if the accident was caused by his or her negligence. In this case, if the workers who were erecting the rebar structure were negligent while employed by a third-party subcontractor, that subcontractor may be vicariously liable to pay damages to the other workers who were injured when it collapsed. If products are defective and cause injuries at construction sites, the manufacturers or designers of the products may be liable. An experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to identify all of the parties that should be named as defendants to a lawsuit.

Source: My San Antonio, "2 workers crushed by 1,000 pounds of rebar in construction accident on West Side," Caleb Downs, Feb. 2, 2018.

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