Worker dies after fall at New Braunfels construction site

FILE - New Braunfels police (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - New Braunfels police (KXAN File Photo)

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — A 41-year-old man died Tuesday after falling about 36 feet from a forklift at a construction site for the Creekside Way Apartments.

Police say Victor Echartea-Medina, of San Antonio, was unloading several five-gallon buckets of paint onto the fourth floor of the building about 11:30 a.m. while standing on a platform at the end of a large forklift. The platform became unstable and Echartea-Medina fell from the forklift.

Echartea-Medina was responsive when New Braunfels Fire and EMS workers arrived, but died from his injuries about 20 minutes later after being taken to Resolute Health Hospital.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was notified and officials are currently investigating the incident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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