Construction worker hailed as hero in fatal tragedy near Bridgeport, Texas
FORT WORTH – LAWFUEL – Legal News Network – Attorneys representing an El Paso family have reached a $3.1 million settlement with a Fort Worth crane rental company following an August 2000 accident near Bridgeport, Texas, that claimed the life of a construction worker who pushed his friend to safety before being struck by a falling crane boom.
Attorneys John M. Cummings and Steven C. Laird of The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., in Fort Worth represented the wife and four surviving adult children of Emilio Talavera in the lawsuit against Fort Worth-based Anthony Crane Rental, which operates under the name Maxim Crane Works.
On Aug. 26, 2000, Mr. Talavera was working on a construction crew at a Mitchell Gas Services plant near Bridgeport. Mr. Talavera, 53, and another worker were standing under a crane boom when a boom extension became dislodged and started falling toward the ground. It was later learned that the boom malfunction was a direct result of modifications made by Anthony Crane Rental. When the crane operator shouted a warning to the workers below, Mr. Talavera pushed a co-worker to safety before being struck in the head by the falling boom. Mr. Talavera, who was hailed as a hero for saving his friend, died shortly thereafter.
The lawsuit alleged that Anthony Crane Rental failed to properly maintain and inspect the equipment, and improperly modified the crane prior to the accident. The allegations were confirmed in a 2001 report issued by investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“This tragedy could have been prevented were it not for the outright negligence and carelessness of Anthony Crane Rental,” says Mr. Cummings, lead attorney for the Talavera family. “Mr. Talavera acted heroically in preventing further loss of life, and will be remembered with great love and affection by his family, friends and co-workers. While no compensation is truly sufficient, the family is pleased to close this sad chapter of their lives.”