Posted On: February 20, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

More Construction Accidents Occur in the US This Week

The construction industry continues to be a professional field where workers are prone to serious injuries. Just this week, there were at least four reported incidents of workers getting hurt in construction accidents.

Yesterday, an ironworker died at a construction site on the Microsoft campus after he was crushed under thousands of pounds of rebar. The worker was trying to set a rebar form into concrete when the form fell on top of him and he sustained massive head injuries. Workers at the site performed CPR and used a defibrillator to try and revive him. He was pronounced dead at the crash site.

The crane operator who witnessed the work accident is reportedly devastated by what happened. Fortunately, no one else sustained physical injuries.

Also on Thursday, and in another part of the United States, another construction worker sustained serious injuries and experienced electric shock when the crane that was lowering him into a well hit an electrical wire. A power line had to be deactivated so that the worker could be rescued.

At another construction site early this morning, a worker who was repairing a manhole cover in the street died when he was run over by a motorist. According to witnesses, the motorist drove through the construction cones before striking the worker.

On Monday, a 58-year-old worker died after he was run over by an excavator. The worker, Juan Rivera, were grading the backyard of the home and installing a septic system. There was another worker with him who was operating an 11-ton hydraulic Hitachi excavator. Investigators believe that Rivera may have gotten behind the machine operator as he was backing the machine up. The operator of the excavator was so upset by Rivera’s death that he had to be taken to a local hospital.

Construction Accidents and Illinois Workers' Compensation
As an injured Chicago construction worker, you are likely entitled to workers' compensation benefits. If your family member is the one who died in an Illinois construction accident, you may be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits.

Worker killed in accident at Microsoft construction site, The Seattle Times, February 19, 2009

Worker killed in construction accident, APP.com, February 17, 2009

Worker killed in accident at Microsoft construction site, Seattle Times, February 19, 2009

Construction worker hurt in accident at utility site, Sun-Sentinel, February 20, 2009

Please contact Chicago Workers' Compensation Attorney Steve Malman today.

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