Posted On: November 12, 2008 by Steven J. Malman

Chicago Heights Worker Dies In Construction Accident

In Chicago Heights, a steelworker died on Monday morning when he was crushed by heavy equipment at a steel plant. Heladio Ramirez was operating a radio-controlled crane when, after he raised the crane as high as it would go, a cable broke. This caused the block and spreader to fall some 25 feet and strike the 32-year-old Calumet City resident on the leg, hip, and head. Ramirez, who was a steel bundler and loader at Highway Steel, was transported to St. James Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Steelworker Accidents
Workers at steel plants are exposed to numerous hazards on the job. This is why it is important that steel plants and employers put in place and implement the proper safety procedures. Workers must also be made to undergo the necessary training so that they can do their jobs safely.

Examples of Steelworker Accidents

• Fall accidents
Crush accidents
• Exposure to hazardous substances, such as acid mist
• Machinery and equipment-related accidents
• Ergonomic vibration-related accidents

Injuries at steel plants can be catastrophic and may include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, severed limbs, cardiovascular disease, other work-related illnesses, and death.

A steelworker with a catastrophic injury may no longer be able to work, which could seriously affect his or her ability to support family members. Also, doctor visits, surgeries, and other medical services can be very expensive. This is why it is so important that you avail of your workers’ compensation benefits so that your medical bills are covered.

Chicago Heights steelworker killed by crane, Chicago Tribune, November 11, 2008

Illinois steel worker crushed to death,, November 12, 2008

Related Web Resources:
Structural Iron and Steel Worker Safety, State Compensation Insurance Fund

The Steelworker Perspective on Behavioral Safety

In Illinois, Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney Steven J. Malman is committed to making sure that injured workers get the compensation benefits they are entitled to as soon as possible. Contact Steven J. Malman, Attorney at Law today.

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