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Critically Injured Worker at A&M Equine Complex Collapse Improving

By: Steve Fullhart, Stephanie Ando Email
By: Steve Fullhart, Stephanie Ando Email
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY Investigators with the companies involved in Saturday's collapse at the Texas A&M equine complex construction site will be working through the week to find answers.

Meanwhile, the last hospitalized worker who fell from the structure at F&B Road near FM 2818 on the west side of campus is in fair condition as of Monday morning, according to St. Joseph Regional Health Center. He has been identified as Jose Santos Argueta.

Gamma Construction Company out of Houston is the lead contractor on the project. Senior Vice President Tom Hansen tells News 3 the workers who were injured were employees of Ramco Erectors, a subcontractor.

"Obviously our first concern were the injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with them," said Hansen.

News 3 has reached out to Ramco, which is also based in Houston, for comment.

In all, according to officials with St. Joseph and the College Station Medical Center, five workers received treatment when a portion of the 35-foot-tall, 300-foot-long barn under construction collapsed. College Station Fire Department officials say the workers were in elevated positions tying steel together when they came down.

Argueta was originally admitted in critical condition. Others were stable when admitted, according to the hospitals.

Hansen said Gamma would not speculate on the cause of the collapse, but said they hoped to have answers within the next two weeks.

OSHA is also investigating the incident. A spokesperson tells News 3 they have, by law, six months to complete a probe. No timeline was given for this particular investigation, and no other information was provided.

Hansen told the Associated Press all work has been suspended on the complex. A News 3 crew did see concrete being poured near the collapse site Monday morning.

The overall project is $80 million. Texas A&M's athletics department touts the facility as the best in the nation when it comes to equestrian training, but there will also be elements for the cross country team and the Corps of Cadets' Parsons Mounted Cavalry.

Phase 1 of the project was slated to be finished in December, according to Gamma's website.


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