Construction Worker Fatally Falls Down Smokestack in San Antonio

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2012 | Construction Accidents

Victor Diaz, a Mexican construction worker for Tin Star Contractors died in a fall on his first work day on August 14. He had fallen about 20 feet down a shaft, but the fall apparently had not killed him instantly. According to Diaz’s family, he had taken his shoes off after the fall to bang on the door for help. However, no one had heard his cries for help. His body was discovered at the bottom of the smokestack a week later after his family had reported him missing.

Victor Diaz was a family man: he was married and had two young children. He came to work to the U.S., where wages are better than in his home country of Mexico, to better support his family. Because of the accident, his family is left without a father and provider. Now, Diaz’s family is suing the two contractors that had employed Diaz. “All we want to know is what happened,” said Nereo Diaz, the victim’s brother. The family felt the suit was the right thing to do under the circumstances. They might at least be able to receive compensation, although nothing will bring back their beloved husband, father and sibling,

The two contractors have refused to take responsibility for Diaz’s death. They claim that Diaz had not followed orders and was nowhere near the place he was supposed to be. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the matter.

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