'Norma Rios stood a block away. She stopped on her way home from work. Her husband also works in construction.
``And it's dangerous,'' she said' - Houston Chronicle
Most construction workers are immigrants. -- Its the leading cause of death for immigrant men.
Today a building under construction collapsed on the Rice University campus. One man died. The Houston Chronicle made sure to let the readers know that the workers were all subcontractors, meaning the big construction company that oversees the site is not responsible if any of the workers are undocumented.
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
Storm winds toppled walls at a Rice University dorm construction site Thursday afternoon, killing one construction worker and sending four others to area hospitals, authorities said.
The collapse occurred shortly at about 4 p.m., as rain and high winds whipped through the McMurtry College construction site at Sunset and Rice boulevards, southeast of downtown Houston, said B.J. Almond, the school's spokesman.
The fallen second-story walls pinned down five men, including the one who was killed and injured three others at the work site. Houston firefighters were called at 4:06 p.m. to help rescue those trapped...
The name of the dead man was not immediately available. All involved in the incident were subcontractors for project general contractor Linbeck Construction Corp., Almond said.
Several workers bowed their heads as the Harris County Medical Examiner pulled into the area to remove the colleague's body from the site. One made the sign of the cross, holding his hard hat with his other hand.
Norma Rios stood a block away. She stopped on her way home from work. Her husband also works in construction.
``And it's dangerous,'' she said. ``I came to say a prayer for all of them and their families.''
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