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

Construction Fall Accident Kills One Worker and Injures Another

A construction fall from the roof of a two-story house has left one worker dead and another with injuries. The roofer that died is 43-year-old John Nadeau. 36-year-old Michael Larochelle was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state and local officers are investigating the tragic construction accident. OSHA wants to find out whether the workers’ employer complied with safety standards when setting up the construction site.

The building that the workers fell from is described as a two-family residence. It was under renovation. Replacing the roof was one of the construction modifications that needed to be made.

As our Chicago, Illinois construction accident lawyers have written about in the past, fall accidents continue to be a leading cause of construction deaths. Fall accidents are often catastrophic, resulting in traumatic brain injuries, organ damage, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and death.

Some common hazards at a construction site that can contribute to fall accidents:

• Unprotected wall openings, holes in the floor, and sides
• Improperly set up scaffolding
• Defective or unstable cranes
• Improperly secured or wrongly positioned ladders
• Lack of safety equipment
• Defective construction machinery

Even if all proper safety precautions were put in place, your employer can still owe you workers’ compensation benefits if you were injured in a Chicago, Illinois construction accident. Our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers want to remind you and your family to file your work injury claim as soon as possible. Unfortunately, an employer's insurer can attempt to deny your claim for work injury benefits.

Contact our Cook County workers’ compensation attorneys and ask for your free case evaluation. We also represent workers’ compensation clients in DuPage County, Will County, and Lake County, Illinois.

One worker dies, other injured in fall from roof, The Eagle Tribune, December 23, 2009

Roofer dies in fall from Methuen home, MyFoxBoston, December 23, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Falls, OSHA

Construction Accident News, NY Times

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