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

Excavator Operator Killed During Construction Accident at Illinois State University Campus

A construction worker died on Christmas Day when part of a four-story stone column fell on the excavator that he was operating. The Illinois construction accident took place at Illinois State University.

The worker, 57-year-old Stephen White, worked for Stark Excavating Inc. According to authorities, the stone column that fell on the construction machinery weighed 18,000 pounds.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating the cause of the catastrophic accident.

Construction Accidents
OSHA and the Department of Labor say that the most dangerous job sites in Illinois are construction sites. Construction injuries are often catastrophic. Over 200 construction workers are killed every year in construction accidents. Crush injuries, spinal cord injuries, and brain injuries can take years to recover from and for many injured construction workers, the injuries are permanent, leaving him/her unable to earn a living, physically impaired, and emotionally damaged. Some examples of other serious construction accident injuries include chemical burns, burn injuries, amputated legs, arms, or limbs, and blindness.

You may not be able to sue an employer for Chicago personal injury or wrongful death, but there may be other parties affiliated with the construction job that should be held liable in civil court, such as negligent construction machinery manufacturers, contractors, sub-contractors, construction firms, engineers, architects, and entities that are not directly affiliated with the project but contributed to causing the Chicago construction accident. You also are very likely entitled to Illinois workers' compensation.

Worker dies at ISU while removing collapsed column, Chicago Tribune, December 26, 2009

Equipment operator killed while trying to remove column at Hovey Hall,, December 25, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Construction Accident News, New York Times

Illinois Department of Labor

Retaining the services of an experienced Chicago construction accident lawyer is one of the first steps toward obtaining your Illinois injury or wrongful death recovery. Contact the Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Asssociates, PC.

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