Posted On: March 19, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Construction Worker Dies After Falling from Site's 10th Floor

A construction worker is dead following a fall from the 10th floor of a construction site on Wednesday. According to police, Anthony Paino fell and landed on top of the shed of a nearby building. The 28-year-old construction worker was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the Department of Buildings spokesperson, Paino does not appear to have been wearing a mandatory harness that is supposed to keep workers secured to buildings so they don’t fall great distances. Following the deadly construction accident, the department issued numerous safety violations against subcontractors and the builder. The department also gave out a stop-work order and will inspect the safety netting at the hotel construction site.

The Department of Buildings has already cited the project several times this year for a number of hazardous working conditions, including the storage combustible materials, too much debris at the site, and neglecting to provide scaffolds and nets over open work spaces.

Paino was employed by a steel subcontractor. He was reportedly supposed to be working inside guardrails at the edge of the building. A spokesperson for the project’s general contractor says other safety measures had also been implemented.

Construction Fall Accidents
To prevent fall accidents, construction supervisors are supposed to make sure that all safety precautions are followed on the site and that workers use the proper safety equipment, such as fall arrest equipment, perimeter protection and opening coverings, and harnesses.

Construction Worker Falls to Death from 10th Floor of Hotel, New York Times, March 18, 2009

Worker Falls to Death at Hotel Project, New York Times, March 18, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Construction Accidents Overview, Justia

Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, US Department of Labor

Contact our Chicago workers' compensation attorneys at Malman Law to discuss your Illinois construction accident case.

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