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Co-Worker of Man Killed at Army Hospital Construction Site Speaks to ABC-7

Fort Bliss officials say Jesus Moreno of El Paso is the construction worker killed at the site of the new William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

ABC-7 spoke with one of Moreno’s co-workers, who said the tragedy should shine the light on safety training.

The co-worker was not given permission to speak about the incident and asked ABC-7 not to identify him because he fears he could lose his job.

He said Moreno was welding, when something exploded. “It busted, it fell apart, and that’s when he fell,” the man said. “I”m not very interested in going back to work (at the site) but I have to feed my family.”

The man said Moreno was well known in the local iron workers union. “I’m scared. I’m not going to see him on the bus in the mornings,” he said. “(Jesus) was really funny, crazy, a real honest man. He’s gone and we can’t bring him back.”

The accident comes on the same week other construction workers are telling Texas state lawmakers safety standards at construction sites are sometimes not enforced.

“Some job sites, they don’t really care. They just want the job done and then go home,” Moreno’s co-worker said, adding there was a safety orientation at the William Beaumont site. “My sympathy goes to Jesus’ family. I knew him very well. I know he’s in a good place.”

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