Posted On: May 3, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Ironworker Sues Illinois Power Company for Fall Injuries During Work Accident

Gregory K. Masterson is suing Illinois Power Company, Power Maintenance and Constructors, Dynegy, Dynegy Midwest Corporation, and Illinova Corporation for injuries he sustained while working as a subcontractor. Masterson, an ironworker, was employed by Ben Hur Construction Company when he was injured on July 22, 2009.

According to his Illinois construction accident lawsuit, he fell through a hole (26-30 inches in diameter) on a grate floor, which caused him to sustain injuries to his right shoulder, right arm, and back. Masterson claims that because of his ironworker injuries, he lost significant income, incurred medical expenses, and experienced serious pain and suffering. He says that his ability to enjoy his life and take part in his usual activities became impaired.

Masterson says the defendants neglect him to provide him with a safe workplace, failed to make sure the hole was properly covered, and did not provide the standard railing or toeboard around the hole in the grate floor.

He is seeking over $200,000 plus costs.

Ironworker Injuries
The Center to Protect Workers’ Rights says that the number one cause of injuries to ironworkers is fall accidents. Not only do many ironworkers work at elevated heights, but they are also prone to trip and fall and slip and fall accidents because of the kind of equipment they have to work with and around. They also risk serious injuries from getting hit by falling construction materials. Dangerous power tools can also cause painful injuries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics considers ironworkers to have one of the most dangerous jobs in the US—all the more reason why the proper safety measures must be in place.

As an injured ironworker, you likely won’t be able to sue your employer for personal injury. If so, then you should receive Illinois workers’ compensation for your work injuries and other related costs. You can also file third party lawsuit against individuals and entities that are not your employer but were responsible for your injuries.

Ironworker falls through grate floor, sues over injuries, The Record, April 30, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Center to Protect Workers’ Rights

Bureau of Labor Statistics

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