• October 13, 2021

Worker Injured at New Harbor Bridge Construction Site in Corpus Christi, TX

Corpus Christi, TX -- October 12, 2021, a worker was injured at a work site along the New Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi.

Preliminary reports about the accident don't have many specifics, but the incident happened Tuesday afternoon on the New Harbor Bridge, which is still under construction. Reports indicate one of the workers involved in the construction was injured on-site and required extraction, which involved the use of a bucket truck to retrieve him.

The worker's injuries did not appear to be serious but he was transported to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Work Accident on New Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi

There are many reasons someone could get hurt at a busy construction site, and with multiple contractors potentially involved getting a straight answer about who's to blame for the accident likely won't be simple.

Some may think it's best to notify OSHA and wait for their investigators to look into the incident. It's understandable to think the government agency specifically meant to investigate work accidents might shed some light on this matter, but I've seen plenty of OSHA reports in my time and that's not always the case. Why? Because OSHA often takes a long time to reach any meaningful conclusions, and even once they do the information they release publicly is minimal. More than that, the only corrective action that comes out of their investigations is usually a fine--hardly justice for the serious damage many workers suffer on-site.

Worker Injured at New Harbor Bridge Construction Site in Corpus Christi, TX

Some may not see the need for further investigations since work injuries are typically handled by workers' compensation. In most cases that's true, but as I originally mentioned these job sites are often bustling anthills of many different contracted companies working together--some pour the concrete, others cut the rebar, still others drive all the equipment or transport materials, etc. Workers' comp only bars an injured employee from seeking damages against his own employer. When he is hurt by the actions of another company's employee, workers' comp does not bar him from seeking damages against the negligent party's employer.

Ultimately my point is just that this, like most accidents, deserves further careful analysis to be sure the whole truth is found. I hope reports are accurate and the worker's injuries are not dire, but it's still best to find the needed answers in case things take an unfortunate turn down the road.

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