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Former Safety Director Claims Construction Accident was Preventable

Destiny Baker3 years ago

A former safety director for Reytec has filed a report stating that an accident in which two Corpus Christi, Texas workers were pinned beneath a concrete slab could have been prevented had the supervisors listened to their employees.

About the Corpus Christi Reytec Accident

  • According to KRIS-TV, former Reytec Safety Director, Wayne Duncan, has filed a report stating that a March construction accident could have been prevented.
  • The report filed by Duncan states that two workers who were cutting through a slab of concrete at Williams and Nile informed their superintendent, Mark West, that the slab had “dropped or slipped by a couple of inches.”
  • Upon being notified, Duncan claims that the two workers were called ‘chicken’ by West and told to get back to work.
  • Shortly after, the slab collapsed, pinning the two workers by their legs.

OSHA Fines Reytek, Reytec Blames Engineers

  • Reytec was fined a total of $63,000 for safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in connection to the workers' injuries.
  • Reytec claims that the accident occurred due to faulty information given by project engineers which stated that the slab was structurally supported.
  • Duncan reports that Reytec possessed the same drawings as the engineers and had access to previous plans, but did not enact due diligence in assuring employee safety.
  • Duncan has since been fired from the company and has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Reytec.
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