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Jun 19, 2013 5:29 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Workplace Accident Victim's Family Sues

CORPUS CHRISTI - The family of a man killed in a workplace accident are suing his employer.

22-year-old Christopher Cantu was killed when a 2,600 pound cylinder full of sand-blasting equipment fell on top of him.

The family is suing his employer, Coastal Plating Company and Rister Crankshaft.

The lawsuit says equipment in the warehouse was in poor condition, and says Cantu never should have been given the assignment he was doing when he died.

It was only his third day on the job, and the lawsuit says he wasn't trained properly enough to do the job he was doing.

The equipment the lawsuit mentions includes the overhead cranes and the slings that help move the large cylinders, including the one that fell on Cantu.

Rudy Gonzales is the attorney for the family.

"We believe that there was an unsafe work site condition, because large cylinder blocks are not supposed to fall on employees," he says.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating Cantu's death as well.

According to O.S.H.A, Coastal Plating Company has seven violations in the last five years, including issues with those cranes and the slings that help move the cylinders.

Cantu's family is asking for an undisclosed amount of money in damages.

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