My office has been retained to represent the families of the workers who passed away yesterday in this tragic fire and work accident in downtown Dallas. While we will fight for justice for these families , I have just seen to many unnecessary deaths and accidents because Texas does little to enforce work safety. As always Texas leads the nation in the number of work fatalities and is the only state in the country without mandatory workers compensation insurance .As long as this continues , stories like these will unfortunately be part of our weekly news. From Dallas Morning News:
Three workers were trapped by fire under downtown Dallas high-rise
By NAHEED RAJWANI, CLAIRE Z. CARDONA and JULIE FANCHER
Three workers died Thursday after they were trapped by fire in an underground tank at a downtown Dallas skyscraper.
Their bodies were recovered from below a Thanksgiving Tower parking garage as grieving relatives stood by helplessly.
The victims were identified as Oscar Esparza-Romo, 36, and Luis Carrillo-Solorzano, 43, and Nicacio Carrillo-Martinez, 60.
The three were subcontractors working on a thermal storage tank that is part of the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, a Best Mechanical Inc. spokeswoman said.
“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to these families, especially at this time of the year,” said the spokeswoman, Cheri Torres. “It was a very, very tragic accident.”
She said safety equipment and evacuation procedures were in place at the work site when the fire broke out about 10:30 a.m. near Elm and Ervay streets.
The executive vice president of Thanksgiving Tower’s management company said it was not clear what type of work the men were doing when the fire broke out.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims who suffered a loss today,” said Jay Johnston of Lincoln Property Co.
Investigators had initially suspected the fire was electrical, but Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said the cause now is undetermined and is still being examined.