Lack of safety precautions caused the death of a construction worker who fell off the school roof.
HOUSTON, TX, November 13, 2020 /Neptune100/ — The family of a construction worker who fell to his death from the roof of First Colony Middle School in Sugarland has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Double H Roofing, LLC and CS Advantage USAA, Inc.
“The unnecessary death of the worker, Marco Antonio Lopez Pineda, shines a light on the need for companies to follow basic safety measures to protect their workers from harm, and what happens when they fail to do so,” said Terry Bryant, attorney at the Houston accident and injury law firm of Terry Bryant, which filed the lawsuit. “While performing repair work on the roof of the school during a middle-of-the-night shift that started at 2 a.m., Mr. Pineda fell over the side and landed on the ground two stories below.”
Pineda died as a result of his injuries, and Bryant’s law firm is representing his wife and child as plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit resulting from the incident. The core issues are no personal fall protection was being used on the job site, and the edge of the roof was not properly marked in violation of safe construction industry practices and OSHA regulations.
In this case, it appears one of the defendants, CS Advantage, was hired to do repair work at the school, including fixing the roof. CS Advantage then subcontracted with Defendant Double H Roofing LLC, to provide laborers to do the actual work.
The plaintiffs’ claim is that while doing the work, Lopez was acting within the course and scope of his employment, and that the injuries and death resulting from the incident were caused by the negligence of the construction companies. The lawsuit identifies four negligent acts. They include: failing to provide a safe place to work, failing to provide safety harnesses or other personal fall protection devices, failing to require that safety harnesses or other personal fall protection devices actually be worn, and failing to place a barrier or warning device at the edge of the roof where Lopez fell.
The lawsuit asks for the award of wrongful death damages to Lopez’s wife and son, including lost income and the costs of funeral and burial expenses.
The plaintiffs are asking for monetary relief of over $1,000,000. In addition, they are asking for exemplary damages on the grounds that the defendants were aware of the risk involved when mandated safety measures are ignored, but nevertheless proceeded with conscious indifference to the rights, safety, or welfare of others.
“This case is a prime example of the tragedies that can occur when companies fail to provide workers with a safe work environment and the equipment that can help ensure their safety,” said Bryant. “It should serve as a deterrent for similar actions from other companies in the future.”
About Terry Bryant
Attorney Terry Bryant is a Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and a former judge. His reputation and experience are recognized by many legal and community organizations. His firm, the injury and accident law firm of Terry Bryant, represents accident victims and their loved ones to ensure they get the compensation they deserve. Learn more about the firm’s services through their website at https://www.terrybryant.com. Contact the firm by calling 1 (800) 444-5000, or locally in the Houston area at (713) 973-8888.