• May 11, 2017

Patrick Parks Killed, Lloyd Parks Injured in Joaquin, TX, Accident

Joaquin, TX -- May 9, 2017, Patrick Parks was killed and his brother Lloyd Parks was injured after an accident where a trench collapsed on them.

Authorities from the Shelby County Sheriff's Department released preliminary information surrounding the accident. They say it happened at around 7:30 p.m. at a work site located along East Saddle Street.

Investigators stated that a city work crew was doing piping work in a trench at the time. One of the city employees was identified as Lloyd Parker, the other's identity wasn't released. As they were working to clasp some pipes together, the integrity of the trench walls failed, and mud poured into the trench.

Reports have been unclear on exactly what happened next. 52-year-old Patrick Parks was either in the trench when the incident occurred, or he jumped in to help his brother, Lloyd. As a result of the collapse, Patrick became trapped underneath the mud and couldn't get out in time. He died at the scene.

Lloyd was serious injured in the accident and was taken to University Health in Shreveport. The third worker's condition was not specified.

At this time, authorities continue to investigate the cause of the accident. No additional details are currently available.

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Commentary

There are just too many details here that aren't very clear at this moment. Reports can't seem to agree where Mr. Patrick Parks was at the time or whether he was a contractor or just a bystander. Those details notwithstanding, it's also unclear just what caused this collapse to occur. Was there a lack of safety equipment on-site? Was the trench not dug properly? Was the ground there unsafe, and if so, why were the workers allowed to be in there?

I have no doubt OSHA is going to do their investigations into this as they usually do, but I've always advocated for those affected by work accidents to have a private investigation done. OSHA investigations very rarely clear up details for the families of work accident victims, and they don't do anything to assist them in their time of need. In order for those affected to work toward a resolution, an independent professional needs to look at the accident. In doing so, all of these unclear details can finally be cleared up, and the next steps toward a resolution can be taken.

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