Posted On: April 9, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Construction Accidents Injure More Workers

The injury count involving construction workers continues to grow this year. In Florida, two construction workers sustained injuries yesterday when a large metal sheet fell on them. They were trying to guide the sheet through the construction site when it struck them. One worker’s leg injuries were reportedly severe.

In Kansas, a worker was killed on Tuesday during a construction accident at a power plant. The employee, Vatthana Vongtheva, suffered fatal injuries when he got pinned against a boiler wall. The 28-year-old was on a scaffold inspecting equipment when the deadly work incident occurred.

This is the second construction worker death at this plant in less than a year. In May, another construction worker died during a massive crane collapse.

Today, a civil jury awarded $7 million to one construction worker who sustained permanent injuries in an 2005 Iowa construction accident. Sub-contractor Allen Frohn got hurt when a lift tipped over and he fell three stories. He had been hired to do gutter work at the hotel. An expert who testified at the personal injury trial reported that the construction site where Frohn was hurt had been cited for about 8 OSHA violations.

Federal and state laws mandate that construction site owners and contractors provide workers with a safe environment. While most construction workers are guaranteed workers’ compensation benefits, there also may be third parties that are not the injured worker’s direct employer that can be ordered to pay personal injury compensation.

Laborers, ironworkers, masons, carpenters, sheet metal workers, electricians, plumbers, welders, and crane operators are just some of the many construction workers our Illinois construction accident law firm has represented in workers’ compensation cases and personal injury lawsuits.

Two workers injured in construction accident at Fort Lauderdale private school, Sun-Sentinel, April 9, 2009

Scott County jury awards 7 million in construction accident, WQAD, April 9, 2009

Iatan construction accident kills worker, KansasCity.com, March 31, 2009


Related Web Resources:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Contact our Chicago construction accident law firm today. Illinois Injury Attorney Steve Malman has years of experience successfully representing injured workers.

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