Four workers were injured, three critically, when a barn collapsed over the weekend at a Texas A&M University horse-riding facility currently under construction. The collapse occurred on university property roughly a mile away from the campus center; the College Station fire departments and emergency medical personnel all rushed to the accident site shortly after the incident.
The workplace injury occurred on a 300-foot barn, which revealed twisted metal beams when emergency personnel arrived. The injured workers were immediately taken to the hospital. Names have not yet been released, and it is not yet known if the accident is related to a workplace safety violation.
According to workers’ compensation attorneys, emergency responders had to delay the search for the injured workers for a short period because of a possible risk of another collapse.
Construction Site Injury
“After that time search and rescue efforts were suspended until the remainder of the structure that was still standing could be stabilized,” according to a statement from the College Station Fire Department. “After the structure was secured a secondary search of the area was conducted to ensure that all patients had been located.”
Police, OSHA, and the Department of Labor and Industries will now work to determine what caused the collapse. University police identified the contractor as Houston and San Antonio-based Gamma Construction Company.
Unfortunately, Construction Site Accident Injuries are a common occurrence in today’s workplace. If you have been injured on the job, contact an L&I Attorney at Emery Reddy today.