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Mar 5, 2014 1:09 PM by Sara Donchey

Brother of Worker Killed in Construction Accident Speaks Out

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Rick Bobzien was having a quiet dinner at home with his family in when he got a phone call that his brother Jeffrey had been killed in an accident at work.

Rick explained that he knew working on storage tanks is a dangerous job, but he said he was still completely shocked to hear the news that his brother was killed in an accident at the Trafigura EF-90 job site in February.

Jeffrey Bobzien had been working for Houston-based Pasadena Tank Corporation for several years, according to his brother.

Though he was originally from Michigan, Jeff Bobzien lived in Highlands, Texas. Rick said his brother was staying in a trailer here in Corpus Christi while he was working at the job site.

Bobzien was killed when a metal pipe fell on him.

The accident happened less than a month after he celebrated his 54th birthday.

Rick said hearing that his brother was gone was shocking news for him and especially for his father, Robert.

"To see your son laying in a casket is not an easy thing to do," Bobzien said. "Even being a brother it's not an easy thing to do...Unless you go through it, I don't think anybody could imagine what it's like."

Jeffrey Bobzien leaves behind his wife, Laureen, and his stepson.

His brother said they've already had a funeral for Jeff, but that they still don't have a lot of answers as to what happened on that job site.

A representative from OSHA said the organization is still looking into the accident, and that it could take up to six months to complete the investigation.


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