Mexico: Dead workers' families to get millions

Published April 3, 2006

The families of two Mexican migrant workers who were killed when a Hobe Sound town house collapsed in 2004 will receive millions of dollars in compensation, the Mexican government said Sunday.

Another Mexican worker who lost a leg in a work-related accident in 2005 will be compensated with more than $3-million, Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said in a news release Sunday.

The release did not specify who would pay the compensation and department spokesmen were not available for further comment.

U.S. investigators determined the concrete used in the town house in Hobe Sound was too heavy and poured too quickly, likely causing the accident that killed Gregorio Ruiz Aviles, 31, and Lauro Marquez Hernandez, 23. Five other men were injured when the three-story building caved in while they were pouring concrete.

Mexico's foreign secretary said the men's families would receive millions of dollars but declined to release the exact amount or any further details at the families' request.

Florida state insurance officials shut down Mac's Construction and Concrete Inc. after discovering it did not have workers' compensation insurance for any of the victims.

Another Mexican worker who lost his left leg in a helicopter accident last year while eradicating vegetation in the Everglades for the Hermanos Rojas company will receive $3.3-million in compensation, the department said. It gave no further details.