INDUSTRIAL DEATH ON RAIL ROAD JOB IN LIBERTY COUNTY

Oct 23, 2013

A mid-morning industrial accident took the life of Oscar Alfaro, age 55, when the heavy equipment machine he had been working in, swung a boom around and pinned his body between the bucket boom and the stabilizer leg of the machine. Alfaro was an employee of the Bayou City Rail Road Contractors and the crew was doing clean up and repairs on the rail road just off CR 787 0n CR 2205 in North Liberty County. Oscar Alfaro was a resident of Houston and had been an employee at that company for over nine (9) years.

Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Clark responded to the call at approximately 10:30am this morning and after talking with the crew, Deputy Clark was informed that Oscar Alfaro had been working on the piece of heavy equipment moving scrap metal from a site near the rail road. He had not been seen for a while, so his son, Eric Alfaro went to look for him and found his father pinned between the boom and the stabilizer.

Further investigation by both Deputy Clark and Sgt. Investigator Steve Clappart determined that Alfaro had gotten out of the tractor unit he was operating and left the engine running. He appeared to have been cleaning up some of the scrap metal by hand and throwing it into the cab of his tractor. At some point, a piece of the heavy metal had fallen onto the swing arm pedal of the machine causing the boom to swing around and pinning Oscar Alfaro.

Justice of the Peace, Judge Wade Brown, Pct. 5, pronounced Oscar Alfaro deceased at the scene and ordered an autopsy.



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