Posted On: August 7, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Construction Accident Kills Worker Buried in Blast

A 48-year-old construction worker has died from injuries he sustained during a blast at a condominium work site. The fire marshal is not yet sure what caused the explosion that claimed William Nichols’ life. However, construction work taking place in the basement that caused propane to release rapidly may have been a factor. It took firefighters about 90 minutes to pull Nichols from under burning debris.

Also injured in the construction accident were 72-year-old David Bethel and 43-year-old Robert Dena. Both men, along with Nichols, work for Deno Electric. 17-year-old Thomas DiPlacido sustained burn injuries. Two firefighters and another worker were treated for their injuries and later released.

In other recent construction accident news, two workers were injured earlier this week when they fell into a 10-foot ditch. They were in stable condition when they were transported from the work site to the hospital.

On Tuesday, the collapse of 16 trusses at a work site injured a 46-year-old construction worker. Greg Murphy sustained head injuries after he fell 25 feet and struck his head. Another worker, 29-year-old Jared J. Morisset, hurt his left ankle. 35-year-old Jeff W. Spanhanks hurt his left hip.

On Wednesday, a teen worker was killed in a construction accident when a high wind that could have been moving at a force of 47 mph blew over a concrete wall that had recently been built. Keith J. LaFountain died from blunt-force trauma injuries.

Chicago, Illinois Construction Accidents
Remember to file your Chicago workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible. Or, if your loved one was the one who died in a Chicago construction accident, you should submit your claim for survivors’ benefits and find out if you are entitled to file a third party Chicago wrongful death lawsuit.

Blackstone Man Killed in Condo Blast, Telegram, July 30, 2010

Man injured in Menomonie construction accident, Leader-Telegram, August 4, 2010

2 Workers Hurt In Esparto Construction Accident, CW, August 3, 2010

Edgerton school's wall falls, kills teen worker, ToledoBlade, August 5, 2010

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