A jury in Houston awarded $53.8 million to the family of a construction worker who was killed in 2013 while working on renovations at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field. On December 4th, 2013, Angel Garcia, 28, was thrown off the skid steer loader he was operating, falling four stories onto a pile of construction rubble. He suffered massive trauma to his torso and head, and later died at a hospital. A section of concrete fell onto the loader, causing it to fall and eject Garcia as was using the loader’s bucket to catch concrete debris being removed from the stadium. The loader had a 2,700-pound carrying capacity but was bearing a 3,340-pound piece of concrete as another worker used a circular saw to cut the piece from a support column, according to OSHA’s investigation. OSHA later cited two companies more than $130,000 in willful and serious violations.
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