Workplace Death of 19 Year Old Woman

Work safety

Workplace Death of 19 Year Old Woman, Destiny Rodriguez

The San Antonio Express-News reported that Destiny Rodriguez was at the 13700 block of Potranco Road on Monday morning when the backhoe operator, who didn’t see Rodriguez, dropped the bucket on her while she was working at the dig site, said Sgt. Roger Pedraza of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Rodriguez was reported dead at the scene. The operator, who was identified as the foreman, was hospitalized, likely for shock, Pedraza said.

“She would help anyone,” Rodriguez’s sister, Rosa Rodriguez, said to the Express-News. “If she were on her last five dollars, she would give it to you.”

 

Rodriguez and her brother both worked for the Step It Up Construction company. She had complained before about the company not following safety guidelines, Rosa Rodriguez said.

She said her sister sustained an injury at the construction site last week when the same backhoe operator reportedly struck her leg with the machinery causing a grapefruit-sized bruise to develop on the back of the leg.

 

Edward Gonzales, another employee of the company described the backhoe operator as “always careless,” and said that he was always “breaking pipes”.

OSHA has started an investigation into Rodriguez’s workplace death, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Frustration

Dealing with a workplace injury can be frustrating, but dealing with the loss of a loved one that has been killed in the workplace can be devastating. The pain and sorrow that accompanies the loss of a loved one in a workplace death may become even worse when dealing with the sudden loss of income that may follow a death in the family. On the average, 13 workplace deaths happen every day in the U.S., according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This may feel like a small number in comparison to the entire population of the country, however, to the families left to deal with their loss, the number suddenly becomes much larger. While companies are supposed to do their best to provide a safe work environment for all of their employees using guidelines set forth by OSHA, the real world isn’t perfect and accidents do happen. Most people might not want to hurt anyone intentionally, but negligence and human error may play a factor in workplace deaths.

Working safe may not be enough to keep you healthy, considering the alleged negligence by the aforementioned backhoe operator. There may be elements that are beyond your control when you are involved in a work-related incident. If you have any questions regarding a work-related injury that you or a loved one may have sustained, contact us.