Posted On: July 5, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Construction Accident Death Leads to $28,000 in OSHA Fines

The Occupational Safety And Health Administration says that Stark Excavating of Bloomington should pay $28,000 in fines for several safety violations that contributed to the Illinois construction accident death of Stephen White. The 57-year-old Bloomington man suffered fatal injuries when part of a 43-year-old sandstone column fell on the excavator he was operating. The portion of the column that crushed the cab weighed 18,000 pounds. Autopsy results found that he died from a hemorrhage caused by the serious trauma that his lower body sustained.

White was working at a site on Illinois State University when the work accident happened. OSHA says that the Bloomington company did not conduct an engineering study to ensure that the work would be safe and used straps that were unable to support the heavy stone pieces.

Construction Accidents
A construction site is one of the most dangerous type of Illinois workplaces. Construction workers place themselves at risk of injury on a daily basis by merely doing their jobs. It is important that employees and others involved in a construction project exercise the necessary safety precautions to prevent Chicago, Illinois construction accidents from happening. That said, a construction company doesn’t have to be at fault for a worker to be entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits. It is important that you file your claim as soon as possible after the work accident.

An experienced Chicago, Illinois construction accident law firm can also help you determine whether there are third parties that you can sue for Chicago personal injury. Due to the severity of many construction accidents, an injured worker may no longer be able to work. There is no reason why you shouldn’t receive all of the Illinois injury compensation that you are owed in addition to your Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

OSHA fines central Ill. firm in worker's death, WandTV.com, June 29, 2010

Worker killed by collapsed column at Illinois State University, JusticeNewsFlash, December 29, 2009


Related Web Resources:
Excavator Operator Killed During Construction Accident at Illinois State University Campus, ChicagoWorkersCompensationLawyerBlog, December 30, 2009

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