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February 23, 2016
Contact: Sam Robles

ICYMI: Construction Worker falls 30-40 feet in West Austin

Worker faces life threatening injuries on Four Points worksite 

Austin, Texas –  Today, Workers Defense Project Executive Director, Jose P. Garza, released the following statement in response to the construction worker who fell three stories on a Marriott worksite in North West Austin:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured worker and his family. Unfortunately, this tragedy is too common in Texas construction as our neighbors risk their lives in a deadly industry to build the city we love. Families in Austin deserve common sense safety protections to ensure their loved ones return home safely after a hard day’s work.”

Texas is one of the deadliest states to work in Construction. A University of Texas study revealed that a Texas construction worker dies on site every three days, and one in five workers report being injured on the job. 

Construction worker in West Austin falls 3 stories (KXAN)
By Caliley Bien 

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A construction worker who fell approximately three stories was rushed to the hospital on Monday afternoon.
Austin-Travis County EMS says the accident happened just after 1 p.m. at a construction site in the 10800 block of Ranch Road 2222, just east of Farm to Market 620. Authorities say the man in his 30s fell 30 to 40 feet while working on the new Marriott building.
The patient was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with potentially life threatening injuries.

Workers Defense Project (WDP) is a statewide organization winning good jobs for low-wage workers. For more information, go to www.workersdefense.org, or follow us on Twitter, @WorkersDefense.


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