Posted On: October 29, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Recent Industrial and Construction Accidents Result in Catastrophic Injuries

The last few days have been rough for at least three workers who sustained catastrophic injuries on the job. On Saturday, Seth Golbitz severed four fingers on his right hand during an industrial accident.

Doctors were able to reattach his index finger. However, they could not save his ring finger and middle finger. His pinkie now only extends up to his first knuckle.

Golbitz, 32, and another worker were using a computer-controlled overhead router when the work accident happened. OSHA is investigating the incident.

On Monday, a worker fell to his death at a CPS Energy coal plant. According to another worker, Toby Shane Berry was on an unsecured portion of a walkway that tipped. Berry lost his balance and fell approximately 30 feet. He died from fatal head injuries.

Even though the 27-year-old was wearing a safety harness, he did not secure it to anything.

Berry is the second person killed this year during a fall accident at the construction site. In January, Horatio Sepulveda was working on scaffolding when he fell.

Calaveras Power Partners, Berry’s employer, says the company requires that all workers be secured by two harnesses when working at elevated heights.

Also on Monday, another worker was sent to the hospital when he was buried alive during a construction accident. Cory A. Rogers was working in a 7-foot trench when he was covered by dirt and rocks. It took rescuers over an hour to dig him out.

Worker falls to death at power plant, My San Antonio, October 27, 2009

1 of Cranston worker's 4 fingers reattached, The Providence Journal, October 26, 2009

Bristol man remains in guarded condition following construction accident, MPN Now, October 27, 2009

Related Web Resources:

Construction Safety, CDC

Workers' Compensation Overview, Justia

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
If you or someone you love was injured in a work accident, it is important that you file your Illinois workers’ compensation immediately and speak with a Chicago construction accident lawyer. An investigation into the cause of the work accident is likely, and having a Chicago injury law firm on your side can increase the chances that all third parties that are responsible for your Illinois construction accident are identified and held liable. Your Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer can also make sure you receive the work benefits that you are owed.

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