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Astroworld security guards file a complaint, claiming an unsafe work environment

He and his uncle, Samuel Bush, applied and New York-based company AJ Melino & Associates never verified their credentials, including a background check or if they were cleared for any work. security through the state, he said.

The employer did not provide a W-2 form, according to the two men.

“They told us to show ourselves all in black and that’s what we did,” the Bush elder said.

The uncle and nephew, both residents of Houston, are suing the contracted security firm over the fateful Nov. 5 festival that left 10 people dead and several more injured amid rapper Travis Scott’s chaotic performance. Their lawsuit claims the company failed to provide a safe working environment or properly train them for what would become one of the deadliest concerts in history.

The night ended a far cry from how it started around 5:30 a.m., with the two men unsure of who to report to on the grounds at NRG Park or how much they would be paid. During the chaos, Jackson Bush, 46, broke his right hand and injured his back as he tried to tear people away from the overwhelming crowd. Her nephew, 25, suffered from shoulder and back pain during the fatal show.

Two weeks after the ordeal, an unspecified sum arrived in their Cash app on Friday and attorney Larry Taylor said it was a quarter of what they were most likely owed. Another security guard told young Bush he would pay an hourly rate of $ 30.

“This is still one of the things that is still in dispute,” Taylor said.

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The nephew said he had a screenshot of the social media post that drew him to the post, but attorney Taylor declined to provide a copy to The Chronicle.

Regarding homework, the men were eventually told to prevent people from entering the festival grounds without a ticket – which happened, despite everything, throughout the day. Crowds of people jumped the fences and rushed to the barricades to enter the grounds of Astroworld.

“They told us where to stand, not to let people run in and try to be safe – not to get hold of anyone,” said the young Bush. “As far as training is concerned, there has been no training.

The two were then moved to the concert area before Scott’s performance. The nephew escorted celebrities and performers in and out of the stage – and kept fans from touching them. The crowd, as Scott took the stage, grew overwhelming.

“This is when things took a turn for the worse, when the crowd started to rush – doing whatever they had to do to get in,” the uncle said.

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Samuel Bush, from back left, his lawyer Larry Taylor, Jr., and his nephew Jackson Bush speak to reporters about their lawsuit in response to the Astroworld music festival tragedy on Monday, November 22, 2021, at NRG Park in Houston. The Bushes said they worked as security guards at the festival.

Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

He remembered a short woman, unable to get out of the crowd. He tried to help her but couldn’t because of his hand.

“She was screaming, begging and calling for help, saying she couldn’t breathe and maybe her friend was on the floor or something,” the uncle continued. “As much as I tried, I couldn’t even get it.”

Young Bush said he helped people get out of the chaotic crowd ahead of Scott’s performance. But some fans declined his offer of help.

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“I kept begging the fans, ‘May I help you please,'” he continued. “They didn’t want to be helped. They wanted to see Travis.

As the rapper’s performance continued, even as authorities declared an incident with mass casualties, the young Bush saw medics desperately attempting to perform CPR on people who appeared to be lifeless, according to the lawsuit.

Scott is identified as one of the defendants, in addition to Austin-based Scoremore and Live Nation Worldwide, the companies that promoted and organized the festival. The lawsuit attributes responsibility for the deaths and injuries to “greed and motivation for profit” and goes on to elaborate on past events where Scott “instigated a chaotic scene or a riot”.

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The security company did not respond to requests for comment on how it prepared its employees for the work of Astroworld Festival.

The company, on its website, states that it provides “waterproof security services for national and international sporting events, music functions, concerts, beauty pageants, product launches and celebrity parties. “. Its customers include MTV, Viacom and VH1.

The Houston men are asking for over $ 1 million in monetary relief to cover costs, such as damages and attorney fees.

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