Construction worker injured at Bel Aire work site dies

08/08/2014 2:23 PM

08/13/2014 12:34 PM

A construction worker critically injured in an accident at the site of a new apartment complex in Bel Aire last week has died.

Benjamin Gomez, 40, died at 11:15 a.m. Friday at Wesley Medical Center from the injuries he sustained in the accident on July 31, Bel Aire Police Chief Darrell Atteberry said.

Gomez was on the front end hoist of a Bobcat which was lifting construction materials to the second floor of an apartment complex being built in the 5600 block of North Lycee, near Northeast Magnet High School, when the materials dropped to the ground at about 10:30 a.m. on July 31, Atteberry said at the time of the incident.

The shift in weight caused the hoist to raise suddenly and the Bobcat to roll back, flipping Gomez over the back of the construction equipment. He landed on his head.

“He had a lot of injuries,” Atteberry said.

Gomez lived in Honduras and was in the United States on a work visa, Atteberry said. He was employed by a subcontractor based out of Houston.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the deadly incident, Atteberry said.

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