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2nd Worker Perishes at TX Project

Friday, April 10, 2015

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For the second time in less than a week, a worker at a Texas high school sports facility under construction has died.

Daniel Moran, 22, was killed around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (April 7) morning, in an incident involving a tractor trailer at the Argyle High School construction site, according to various reports.

While the investigation into the accident is ongoing, media outlets report that it appeared Moran's foot got trapped beneath the rear axle of an 18-wheeler his father, Jose Moran, was driving as the victim’s grandfather, Bonifaco Moran, stood nearby.

Argyle Moran
Family photo via Dentonnrc.com

Daniel Moran died Tuesday at the construction site. He had celebrated his 22nd birthday a day before the accident.

Investigators say the truck was moving forward about 1 mph when the accident occurred, reports say.

Moran had celebrated his 22nd birthday on Monday.

Local news reports say the Moran family had been contracted to work on the site by Precision Demolition, of Lewisville, a subcontractor on the project.

On-site investigators told reporters that the Morans were to haul steel from the construction site.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the accident.

April 2 Accident

Moran’s death comes just five days after Julio Ledesma, 36, the father of three young daughters, was killed when the metal frame of the indoor practice facility toppled.

He had been in a lift more than 30 feet above the ground when the structure collapsed on top of him, according to reports, citing authorities.

Three other workers received minor injuries in that collapse, which remains under investigation by OSHA and other entities.

Julio Ledesma

Julio Ledesma, 36, an employee of Warnick Metal Building Erectors, was killed when the metal frame at an indoor sport facility under construction came crashing down.

All four workers involved in the incident were employed by subcontractor Warnick Metal Building Erectors, of Haltom City.

Builder Offers Condolences

The project’s construction manager, Northstar Builders Group, of Coppell, commented on the recent deaths in a statement issued Tuesday.

"We are deeply saddened by the deaths of these good men,” the company said.

Screenshot of accident
Screenshot via CBS 11

The project had been underway for about three months when the large frame collapsed April 2.

“Our hearts go out to their families, friends and co-workers. Northstar Builders Group is responding with all available resources to ensure the Argyle project goes forward toward a successful completion.

“We are cooperating fully in the investigation and we do not have all the answers at this time. We look forward to a clear understanding of what happened and the factors that contributed to the accidents."

Work Halted

The Argyle Independent School District held an emergency school board meeting Tuesday evening to discuss the recent fatal events, according to a local NBC News affiliate.

During the meeting, Northstar Builders agreed to halt work on the sports facility project and other projects for the school district pending a “comprehensive safety review,” the report related.

The school board also voted to hire a safety consultant to advise the district after the fatal construction accidents.

The $3.7 million building, designed by Corgan architects, of Dallas, has been under construction for about three months, reports say. The 80-yard indoor practice facility is to be completed by fall 2015.

Northstar Builders Group has no recent OSHA record.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Fatalities; Health and safety; OSHA; Stadiums/Sports Facilities; Steel; Subcontractors

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