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One dead, one injured in accident at site of new Baylor stadium

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Sadly, tragedy has struck yet another college football stadium undergoing construction.

According to multiple media outlets, 55-year-old construction worker Jose Dario Suarez died following an accident at the site of the new Baylor football stadium late Tuesday afternoon.  Another, unidentified man was injured.

The two men were working on a pedestrian bridge spanning the Brazos River that will connect the the university campus to McLane Stadium, the future home of the Bears.  The boom to which the two men were harnessed broke away from the crane, plunging both men into what KSAT-TV described as near-freezing temperatures.

One of the men was able to unfasten his safety harness and was pulled to safety by emergency personnel.  He was being treated for hypothermia at a local hospital.

The other man was unable to detach his safety harness.  Divers found his body, still attached to the boom, four hours later.

The incident is being treated as an “industrial accident,” the Waco Tribune reported, and is currently under investigation.

The $260 million, 45,000-seat stadium is expected to be completed in time for Baylor’s 2014 opener against SMU.

In early December of last year, a 25-year-old construction worker died as a result of injuries sustained in a four-story fall at Kyle Field.  That home of the Texas A&M Aggies is currently undergoing a $450 million renovation/expansion.

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3 Responses to “One dead, one injured in accident at site of new Baylor stadium”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 30, 2014 10:03 AM

    Texas has an abysmal record on construction safety over the last decade. It’s really sad that we can’t get some real oversight and accountability in this state.

  2. dhardy8207 says: Jan 30, 2014 10:49 AM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this gentleman…

  3. Professor Fate says: Jan 30, 2014 9:07 PM

    8to80:
    As a fellow Texan I must agree, although I have no idea why anyone would downvote your accurate opinion. Apparently the fertilizer explosion that leveled the town of West, TX, has already been forgotten. They had a permit from the state to store a small amount of ammonium nitrate, but in fact had hundreds of times the allowed amount at the facility.

    Although the company had been fined numerous times in the past for assorted violations (mostly by OSHA) and stored a chemical often stolen by those manufacturing methamphetamine (with no security or even a perimeter fence), the last inspection the property underwent was in 1985.

    To top it off, Texas law allows fertilizer storage companies to operate without any liability insurance whatsoever. The company did have $1 million in insurance, but the explosion caused more than $100 million in damage. Fifteen people were killed, 160 injured, and 150 buildings destroyed. I’d like to think this isn’t what Governor Rick Perry had in mind when he declared Texas “Open for business,” but that would be naive.

    I came to Texas from California, a state that is constantly criticized for being over-regulated. And yet upon moving to Texas I found that I had to jump through numerous state-mandated hoops in order to pursue my profession. Not a one of those Texas regulations does anything to make my job safer or more productive, but the fees certainly contribute to the state’s $1 billion + “rainy day fund.”

    Governor Perry likes to tout the state’s lack of business regulations when attempting to poach companies from other states, but the simple fact of the matter is that some businesses need to be regulated (think banks, trucking, chemical makers, etc.) in the interest of safety.

    While California often goes overboard in some areas (do fortune tellers really need a license to sell wishful thinking?) they do take safety seriously and, unlike Texas, don’t believe businesses should be allowed to put profits above people.

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