Posted On: August 14, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Several People Injured this Week in Construction Accidents

A number of workers got hurt this week in construction accidents that occurred throughout the US.

John Grizo, 36, had to be airlifted to a burn center after he experienced electrical shock at a wastewater treatment plant on Thursday morning. Grizo works for an electrical subcontractor. He was knocked unconscious while working at a construction site and was struck in the head when electricity in a 480-volt panel arced.

Also on Thursday, two other construction workers got hurt when the hydraulic lift they were using tipped over. The workers broke limbs and were transported to a hospital.

On Wednesday afternoon, three construction workers got hurt when a mobile construction machine crashed into temporary steelwork. Three men were thrown to the ground. They were taken to the hospital for what appeared to be minor injuries.

Construction accidents continue to be a major cause of work-related injuries and deaths. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, some of the most common causes of construction citations include:

• Electrical-related issues
• Fall protection and training
• Scaffolding
• Head protection
• Excavations
• Ladders
• General construction safety
• Issues with health provisions

Injured construction workers and their families will likely have Illinois workers’ compensation benefits to cover the costs incurred from Chicago construction accidents. Who is at fault should not be an issue.

It is important, however, that your employer pays you the work injury benefits that you are owed and that you receive them on time. Should a dispute arise, you should speak with our Chicago workers’ compensation law firm about your case.

3 workers hurt in Bay Bridge accident, SF Gate, August 14, 2009

2 construction workers injured at NJ university, Philly.com, August 13, 2009

Man shocked in Holly Springs construction accident, WRAL, August 14, 2009


Related Web Resources:
OSHA

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

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