Crane Deaths Close to Home


On Saturday, July 7, a crane collapsed at a construction site at the University of Texas at Dallas, killing ironworkers Terry Weaver, from Grand Saline, Texas, and Tom Fairbrother, from Austin.

Often we find that these types of tragic incidents resulting in deaths of hard-working construction crew members are caused by others on the job failing to follow safe procedures. Collapses also can result from product defects in the crane or other related equipment.

Slack & Davis attorney John Jose has practiced personal injury trial law since he was admitted to practice in 1981, including numerous catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases arising from construction accidents. Commenting on the tragic deaths, Mr. Jose said, “This incident is still under investigation, but answers to key questions about equipment and procedures will provide valuable information to the families of Mr. Weaver and Mr. Fairbrother.”

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) statistics show that 4,690 workers were killed on the job in 2010. Many of them were crane-related.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction site crane accident, a thorough review of what went wrong is the first step to ensure that remaining workers are safe – and that the tragedy is not repeated. If you are seeking experienced legal representation that can provide leverage in claims against corporate entities, contact John Jose at Slack & Davis to learn more.