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

Chicago Construction Accident Law Firm: Worker Dies After Saw Kicks Back, Cutting His Throat

A construction work experienced in working with a pipe cutter is dead after the saw that he was operating kicked back, hitting him on the throat on Tuesday morning. Eugene Hakes Jr., employed by A-1 Excavating, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Hakes was engaged in open excavation and using a hand-held gas-powered cutoff saw to cut a water main when the catastrophic construction accident happened. None of the other workers nearby reportedly saw the deadly incident.

A-1 President Terry Pecha said the experienced laborer had worked with a saw hundreds of times. Meantime, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and police are investigating the work site so they can figure out how the work accident happened and whether any safety violations occurred.

In February, OSHA announced that A-1 was being fined almost $700,000 for 11 workplace violations, many of them life-threatening, at a trenching operation. A-1 disagrees with the violations and has challenged them. According to an OSHA inspector, workers were exposed to cave-in hazards in a trench that was not properly protected. In addition to the six OSHA citations that the company received for failing to protect workers from such hazards, A-1 also received 5 citations for failing to place the spoil pile material that was excavated from the trench at least two feet from the excavation edge.

Excavation Site Accidents
Regardless of how much experience you have, working at an excavation site can lead to serious work injuries if an accident occurs. Examples of excavation accidents that can cause serious work injuries:

• Cave-ins
• Insufficient oxygen, which can cause asphyxication
• Drowning
• Inhaling toxic fumes
• Explosions
• Electrocution accidents

You should file an Illinois workers’ compensation claim any time you are injured on the job.

Man Killed On the Job After Power Saw Kicks Back and Cuts His Throat, WEAU, April 15, 2009

Cadott man dies in work accident, Leader-Telegram, April 15, 2009

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Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Steve Malman can make sure that you receive all of your work injury benefits and also determine if there are third parties who can be held liable for Illinois personal injury.

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