The family of a worker who was killed in an accident at work has been awarded $11 million by a jury in San Patricio County, Texas. The accident happened nearly two years ago at the Gulf Marine Fabricators plant in Ingleside. A jury found the company at fault in the death of 50-year-old Adrian Flores. Back in the spring of 2008, Flores was helping move a 1,200- ton load. Gulf Marine didn’t have enough cranes to move the load, causing the crane to collapse. It trapped Flores for two-and-a-half hours before he died.
Two of Flores’ daughters were working for the company, but weren’t told what happened. Interestingly, the two daughters don’t work for Gulf Marine anymore. They were laid off after their father’s death. The family says they hope this verdict will make companies pay close attention to the safety of their employees. Bill Tinning, a lawyer from Portland, Texas, represented the family and did a good job.