Posted On: December 24, 2008 by Steven J. Malman

Construction Worker Dies and 18 Others are Injured in Botanical Garden Accident

A major construction accident at the Atlanta Botanical Garden left one worker dead and 18 others injured. The work accident occurred on Friday morning as crews poured concrete on Canopy Walk when part of the walkway collapsed.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the cause of the deadly work accident. A preliminary autopsy report found that worker Angel Chupin died due to blunt force injuries. Chupin was 66. Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries were among the serious injuries suffered by the other workers. All of the injury victims are Hispanic and in their 20’s and 30’s.

On Tuesday, four of the construction workers who suffered serious injuries were transported to the Shepherd Center’s ICU. According to Dr. Donald Leslie, the victims either have brain damage or are partially paralyzed. At least 8 medical workers will be tasked with providing medical care for each patient.

In addition to Hardin Construction Co, the other companies charged with concrete-related tasks for the walkway are subcontractors Pioneer Concrete Pumping Inc., SDC Concrete Construction, and Forta Corp.

Catastrophic Injuries
Spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries are very serious kinds of injuries that can alter a victim’s life forever. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person may become paralyzed for life, end up in a coma or brain dead, or lose the ability to perform regular activities due to loss of muscle control or the ability to communicate or understand language. SCI’s and TBI’s usually require specialized, costly medical care.

If your loved one suffered a catastrophic injury or died during an Illinois construction accident, not only are you entitled to workers’ compensation benefits but you may also be able to recover damages from liable third parties.

Botanical garden accident kills 1, injures 18, AJC, December 19, 2008

4 hurt at Botanical Garden moved to Shepherd Center, AJC, December 22, 2008

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