Posted On: March 18, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Construction Accident Sends Worker to the Hospital

An air compressor test that went wrong sent an Illinois construction worker to the hospital emergency room. Washburn resident Ed Grebner sustained facial cuts and pains and aches following the Peoria construction accident on Monday at a work site. The 53-year-old worker is employed by PIPCO Cos.

The Illinois work accident happened early in the afternoon while the construction worker was operating a ground compactor close to the space where workers were testing a 30-inch chilled pipe. A joint broke while a test involving an air compressor was taking place and pressurized air came out of the pipe. Small rocks, dirt, and other debris flew through the air. In addition to Grebner’s injuries, about $25,000 to $40,000 in damage occurred from the accident. Damage included portions of pipe, curtain wall panels, and windshields on nearby construction vehicles.

Air compressors are one of the devices that is commonly used at construction sites. It is important that construction workers exercise extreme caution when working with or around an air compressor.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has set up specific guidelines for working with compressors to make sure that everyone stays safe. Unfortunately, accidents can happen. An explosion involving a compressor can be catastrophic for workers and others in the area.

Falling or Flying Debris at Construction Sites
Depending on the size and type of materials they are made of, falling or flying debris at construction sites can result in serious personal injuries for construction workers. Examples of construction debris include scrap metal, bricks, glass, wood, and other kinds of rubble. Large pieces of debris can cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, massive internal injuries, and death.

Construction worker injured, PJStar.com, March 16, 2009


Related Web Resources:
PIPCO Cos.

Construction Safety, CDC

To speak with an experienced Chicago construction accident attorney about your Illinois workers' compensation case, contact the Law Offices of Steven J Malman & Associates, PC today.

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