Rigoberto Ochoa Gonzalez Killed in Work Accident in Rosenberg, TX
Rosenberg, TX -- February 12, 2020, Rigoberto Ochoa Gonzalez was killed following an accident where a trench collapsed in on him and another worker.
Investigators with the Rosenberg Police Department responded to the accident scene at around 12:30 p.m. just off FM 2218.
In their reports, officials said that 32-year-old Rigoberto Ochoa Gonzalez was working with another person in a trench to excavate utility lines. A third person was operating machinery nearby. Somehow, the trench collapsed, causing serious injuries to Ochoa Gonzalez. He ultimately succumbed to fatal injuries. It's unclear if the other workers were hurt.
Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident.
It's just tragic to see something like this happen. There are thousands of workers all over the country who work in trenches daily and get home safely. What went wrong here? A lot of people may be content to wait for OSHA to file their reports, but I try to encourage people to lean toward independent investigations instead. The main reason for this is because OSHA investigations can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months--usually on the longer side. That means that a grieving family might not even know what happened to their loved one for months, and that's just not acceptable. Whether they're trying to pursue a wrongful death claim or they just want to know what happened, the sooner investigators can look at the evidence, the clearer the picture will become. Rather than waiting for OSHA, I've found it's far more efficient to have independent investigators look into the accident and get the facts as soon as possible.