• May 31, 2022

Construction Worker Dies in Fall Accident on Fawnwood Ct in Sherman, TX

Sherman, TX -- May 24, 2022, a construction worker died after falling from a roof off Fawnwood Court in Sherman.

According to reports the incident happened Tuesday at the site of a home being built near the intersection of Fawnwood and Canton Creek Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was on the roof of the home when he suffered some kind of medical episode and fell off the structure.

The man was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later. Investigators believe the medical issue, not the fall, was the cause of his death.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Fall Accident on Fawnwood Ct in Sherman

According to reports the victim had a serious medical issue that may have caused his fall and subsequent death. I have no reason to question that finding, but it does raise some concerns about why he was up in a roof doing strenuous work if that was even a possibility.

Construction's a dangerous enough industry that it seems like firms would want their employees in good health before sending them to do risky things. Of course, not every contractor is that careful when filling its ranks. Could or should the victim's employer have known better than to send him to do the kind of work he was doing when disaster struck?

Because the accident happened in Texas there may also be questions about whether the victim's loved ones will be helped by workers' compensation. In any other state his employer would almost certainly be required to enroll in that program, but Texas allows companies to opt out of workers' comp. Some firms do it to cut corners, but by refusing to participate in workers' comp they open themselves up to potential injury or wrongful death claims after work accidents. It's unclear what company was behind the worker who lost his life, but who he answered to and whether they were enrolled in workers' comp are among the details that must be resolved.

Despite how some of this may read, I'm not encouraging anyone to rush to court. I'm only trying to say that there are a number of issues that still need attention and I'm not entirely convinced they'll be properly addressed by law enforcement. If there's any concern that the whole story won't be found, it may be better to have independent experts take a second, more careful look.

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