Posted On: September 22, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Chicago Demolition Worker Survives Roof Collapse Accident with Minor Injuries

A Chicago work accident left one demolition worker with minor injuries after he survived a roof collapse incident at a Menard’s store in Hoffman Estates on Tuesday afternoon. A demolition was taking place at the building.

The worker, 45, became trapped in a three-foot high pocket after the roof fell during the demolition. It took crew workers nearly an hour to stabilize part of the roof and cut out a space that the man could use to escape. He was transported to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. According to Arlington Heights police, the fact that the man got caught in the “pocket” prevented him from sustaining more serious injuries.

Whether a work site is one designated for construction or demolition, it is important that the proper safety measure are implemented to protect construction workers and demolition workers. Structural collapses can cause serious injuries to workers and people passing by the site. Having a roof collapse is a serious matter, and victims have been known to sustain broken bones, back injuries, neck injuries, nerve damage, internal injuries, disfigurement, amputation, and traumatic brain injuries. In some cases, Chicago demolition accidents can prove fatal.

Common causes of demolition accidents include:

• Premature structure collapse
• Hazardous substances
• Someone accidentally knocking into the structure
• Falls from elevated areas
• Premature detonation

Demolition workers who are injured during work accidents need to file their Chicago workers’ compensation claim right away.

Demolition worker rescued after northwest suburban building collapse, Chicago Sun-Times, September 22, 2009

Worker rescued in Hoffman Estates roof collapse, Chicago Breaking News, September 22, 2009

Related Web Resources:
National Demolition Association

Demolition Magazine

Contact Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer Steve Malman today.

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