Posted On: September 30, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Fall into Hot Water Tank Kills Construction Worker

A construction worker died on Monday after he fell into a water tank. Toby Lynn Gardner, a 35-year-old contract worker, was on a catwalk above the tank when he fell at an International Paper Co. mill.

The linerboard white water tank is three stories high and stores recycled water that the company uses to make paper. The water’s temperature is about 150-200 degrees.

Coworkers failed in their attempts to rescue Gardner and his body was recovered almost an hour and a half after the construction accident.

Gardner was employed by Zachry Construction Corporation.

Also on Monday, a 23-year-old construction workers was crushed to death by a compactor roller at a sewage treatment plant. Joshua Parks was driving the machinery over a pile of dirt when it rolled over him. He died at the construction crash site.

In another fatal construction accident involving machinery on the job, John Thomas Sparks, 51, died on Saturday when he was run over by a dump truck that backed over him. Sparks was working at the construction site as a flagger. He also was pronounced dead at the work accident site. Sparks worked for Mama Joe’s Flagging.

Our Chicago construction accident law firm represents injured construction workers and their families with claims against third parties involved in catastrophic work accidents. Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer Steve Malman can also represent construction accident clients during discussions with employers and their insurers to make sure injured workers receive all of the work benefits that they are owed.

Dump truck runs over Oregon construction worker, Justice News Flash, September 30, 2009

Construction worker killed in Roller Compactor accident, ARI, September 30, 2009

Victim in Monday paper mill accident identified, Enquirer-Herald, September 29, 2009

Related Web Resources:
US Department of Labor

Construction Accidents News, New York Times

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