April 28, 2011

Chicago Construction Accident: Worker Sustains Serious Brain Injuries in Fall Accident at Calumet Water Reclamation District Plant

A 50-year-old worker has sustained serious injuries in a Chicago construction accident at the Calumet Water Reclamation District Plant. Jeff Andrews fell 20-feet down a hole on April 21, 2011.

Officials say that he slipped off the top of a ladder to land on a coworker, who also got hurt. Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff says there was a lot of mud and clay, which made for sliperry conditions. A “stoke” basket was used by rescuers to lift the two men. Andrews, who sustained multiple head injuries, could not undergo surgery immediately because his condition was too unstable.

Construction Falls
Construction falls have been known to occur from roofs, scaffolding, cranes, ladders, floors under construction, through skylights and from other elevated heights. Workers injured in construction falls may sustain suffer head injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, broken bones, and other serious (and possibly fatal) injuries.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a fall accident at a construction site, you should speak with an experienced Chicago construction accident law firm right away. In addition to your Illinois workers’ compensation benefits through your employer, you also may be entitled to injury compensation from other parties. There are a number of parties involved in the project who may be liable for your injuries.

Construction companies, contractors, and others involved with a building project know how dangerous the work can be. It is their job to make sure that the proper safety precautions are in place to prevent serious injury accidents and deaths. Unfortunately, many construction workers continue to be involved in catastrophic work accidents every year.

A construction worker who is seriously hurt may not be able to go back to work again. Such injuries can take a financial toll on the injured worker and his/her family. You should receive the compensation that you are owed.

Workers Fall Into Hole At Water Reclamation Plant, CBS Chicago, April 21, 2011

Construction Worker Suffers Serious Head Injury in Fall at Chicago Water Plant, Justice News Flash, April 22, 2011


Related Web Resources:
Construction Accidents, Justia

Preventing Fatal Falls in Construction, US Department of Labor

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January 11, 2011

Illinois Construction Accident Kills Stonefort Worker

A 51-year-old construction worker was pronounced dead at the scene when became trapped under at least a foot of drying concrete. Zane A. Martin was working with other crew members to widen a portion of Illinois 146 when a section of the work zone collapsed. At the time, the team was installing a box culvert.

In other recent Illinois construction accident news, a worker is suing a subcontractor for his injuries. Andre S. Spencer is seeking over $50,000 in lost income, medical expenses, and court fees from Bam Contracting. Spencer was working as a cement finisher foreman for Johnson Contracting in East St. Louis last October when he says he was struck by an aluminum ladder that fell after one of the defendant’s employees left it unsecured.

Our Chicago construction accident lawyers would like to remind you that it is important to file your Illinois workers’ compensation claim with your employer as soon as possible after an injury. You also should start exploring your legal options rights away to determine whether you have grounds for an Illinois construction accident case against third parties who were involved in the incident.

Elsewhere in the US, a 52-year-old worker was killed in a construction accident at a demolition site when part of a concrete wall fell on him. At the time, William Abst was cutting rebar. Another worker, 61-year-old carpenter Joe Pike, died from injuries he sustained in a fall accident at a Harding University construction accident site. Pike was helping prepare a building for a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system when he dropped from the roof to the second floor.

Stonefort man victim in fatal construction accident, The Southern, December 22, 2010

Arkansas carpenter dies after accident at Harding University construction site, KSPR, January 7, 2011

Fountain City man killed in construction accident, PierceCountyHerald, January 5, 2011

Worker struck by ladder sues Bam Contracting, Madison Record, January 5, 2011

Alexander County, Illinois coroner identifies construction accident victim, WPSDLocal6, December 21, 2010


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Construction Accidents Overview, Justia

US Department of Labor

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November 24, 2010

Illinois Workers’ Compensation: Fingertip Injury Warrants Permanent Partial Disability Award

The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission says that a journeyman ironworker’s fingertip injury merits a 20% permanent partial disability award for loss of use (rather than 35%). Finger pain, high sensitivity in the injured area, and the sensation of coldness are among the evidence to sufficiently support the award.

The ironworker got hurt while working as a ground man. At the time, he was working with a crane and a group of other workers to raise 100-pound joists. The tip of the claimant's left finger was ripped off when a coworker pushed one of the joists that he was aligning. Per medical records, the ironworker suffered a 4-centimeter fingertip laceration.

After returning to work while having limited use of his left hand, the claimant continued to experience pain inside his fingertip. He says that he hasn’t received medical care for his injury since after the work accident and that whenever his finger hits against an object he feels pain. The claimant said that his doctor “talked him out" of seeing a hand surgeon.

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
Permanent partial disability refers to the partial or complete loss or loss of use of a body part or the entire body as a whole. “Loss of use” refers to the worker’s inability to do certain tasks that he/she would have been able to prior to sustaining the work injury. PPD benefits are Illinois workers' compensation benefits that are paid to a worker after it becomes clear that his/her disability will not get better.

Ironworker secures PPD benefits for fingertip injury, Risk and Insurance, January 22, 2010

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November 5, 2010

Recent Construction Accidents Lead to Fatalities

There have been at least three construction accident deaths in the US this week. To our Chicago construction accident law firm, these tragic incidents are a harsh reminder of the dangers that can arise from working at a construction job, as well as of the importance of exploring your legal options against potentially liable third parties. Also, the sooner you file your Illinois workers’ compensation claim, the better.

On Monday, construction worker Dirk Vamoorot died at a job site when a large concrete barrier fell off another barrier and landed on him. Vamoorot was 65.

In an unrelated construction accident, another worker died at a work site when a concrete slab landed on him during a trench collapse. Another worker who was also involved in the construction accident sustained minor injuries.

Also this week, a roofing company executive died when the roof he was standing on collapsed at a school construction site. Kevin J. Sensenig, the vice president of f R.L. Sensenig Co., had gone onto the roof so that he could better demonstrate to his workers what needed to be done. Unfortunately the roof collapsed and Sensenig, who was not using a safety harness, plunged some 50 feet before landing on the concrete. Another worker, who got caught in the rubble, sustained minor injuries.

Illinois Construction Accidents
Determining who is at fault in causing a Chicago construction accident can be tough—especially when there are multiple parties involved with the project. Owners, contractors, engineers, subcontractors, managers, product manufacturers, and others may be liable for your Cook County, Illinois construction accident injuries.


Man killed in roof collapse at Hill School, The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 2, 2010

Man killed in trench by concrete slab, Connecticut Post, November 1, 2010

Valley Center man dies in construction accident, Sign on San Diego, November 1, 2010


Related Web Resources:
Construction Accidents, Chicago Workers Compensation Lawyer Blog

Construction Accidents, Chicago Injury Attorney Blog

Illinois Workers' Compensation Act
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October 15, 2010

Carpenter Injured in Chicago Construction Accident Awarded $1.477 Million

A jury has awarded carpenter James Conwell $1.477 million for his Chicago construction accident injuries. Conwell, 51, was injured when he fell off an inadequate ladder at a Cook County construction site. At the time that the ladder collapsed, he was carrying one end of a 100- to 120-pound beam that he was supposed to use as a doorway header. The beam struck him on the back of his neck and head and he sustained serious and permanent injuries. He continues to suffer from neck pain, aura migraines, severe hyperacusis in the right ear, and tinnitus.

According to the Chicago construction accident complaint, James McHugh Construction Company knew that subcontractors at the site were using ladders that were not adequate for the job yet did not take them away until after Conwell’s injury accident. The lawsuit is also accusing the construction company of failing to abide by its own safety rules and procedures.

The Cook County jury found that McHugh did not comply with OSHA and ANSI regulations, neglected to reasonably expect the premise to ensure safety compliance, and did not provide Conwell with appropriate equipment.

At the time of the Chicago work accident, Conwell was an employee of Kole Construction, which was a subcontractor on this job.

Construction accidents can be catastrophic. If you are hurt in a construction accident, it is important that you file your Illinois workers’ compensation claim immediately. Unfortunately, receiving the maximum work injury benefits that you are owed isn’t a guarantee—although it should be. Disputes have been known to arise, which can deprive an injured employee of the resources he/she needs to recover and get on with life. An experienced Chicago workers’ compensation law firm can help you with this.

You also may have Chicago injury lawsuits that you can file against liable parties that are not your employer.

$1.477 Million Verdict Rendered in Construction Site Accident, EarthTimes, October 15, 2010

Construction Safety, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

American National Standards Institute

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September 9, 2010

Construction Accident Claims the Life of Worker Crushed Between Two Large Trucks

A 44-year-old construction worker was killed on Tuesday during a work accident at the Rainbow Dam construction site. Taun Kultgen suffered fatal injuries after he was reportedly crushed between two large trucks. The County Sheriff’s Office says that Kultgen was walking in between the two vehicles that were passing by each other when the crush accident happened.

Kultgen died from massive internal injuries. The State Crime Lab is examining his body.

In other work accident injury news, a worker sustained injuries to his lower body and hip when a 2,000-pound ink barrel crushed him on Wednesday. Police say that Justin Doak was trying to pour ink from the barrel into 5-gallon buckets when the barrel slid off a fork lift to land on top of him.

Last week, 47-year-old worker Kyle Damberg died at a construction site. He had been checking the status of the project when he fell unconscious. OSHA officials are trying to determine what caused the work accident.

Construction Accidents
Our Chicago construction accident lawyers represent workers and their families in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Will County, Illinois with Illinois workers’ compensation claims and third party lawsuits against defendants that are not the injured worker’s employer.

Chicago construction accidents can cause catastrophic injuries that can impair a worker for life. It is important that you receive all of the Illinois work injury compensation and construction accident recovery that you are owed.

Great Falls Workplace Accident: Worker Crushed by Trucks at Rainbow Dam Project, JusticeNewsFlash, September 9, 2010

Worker Crushed By 2,000-Pound Barrel, WLWT, September 9, 2010

Workplace accident claims Minnesota Power worker, BusinessNorth, September 7, 2010


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Construction Accidents, Justia

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August 26, 2010

Illinois Construction Accident Injures Worker

A sustained serious injuries during an Illinois construction accident while working with a bucket truck at a grain bin on Wednesday. The man was flown to the hospital for treatment of his leg and head injuries.

In other recent Illinois construction accident news, a highway construction worker was killed when he was hit by a dump truck that backed over him in Rushville on Tuesday on US 24. The worker that died, 24-year-old Thomas Acker, worked with the Schuyler County Highway Department.

Chicago Construction Accidents
There are safety measures that must be in place in order to decrease the risk of injury or death from a construction accident. Construction work can be dangerous work to begin with, which is why carelessness is not an option when it comes to keeping workers safe.

That said, regardless of whether anyone was at fault in causing a construction accident, most workers are entitled to Chicago workers’ compensation for their work injuries, illness, or the death of a loved one on the job. Injury victims and their families may also be entitled to damages from liable third parties, which is an issue that an experienced Chicago construction accident law firm can help you determine and pursue.

Cook County construction accident lawsuits have been successfully won against construction companies, sub-contractors, engineers, architects, building designers, equipment manufacturers, insurer companies, and others. With so many parties potentially involved, determining who is liable can be a complex process. The sooner you retain the services of a good Chicago construction accident law firm, the easier it will be to figure out what happened and who caused it.

Construction accident seriously injures worker in Nokomis, Illinois, KMOV, August 25, 2010

Illinois man dies in highway work accident, Hannibal Courier Post, August 24, 2010

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August 7, 2010

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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July 14, 2010

$6.25 M Chicago Construction Accident Settlement for Injured Roofer

Roofer Luis Vasquez has received a $6.25 million Chicago, Illinois construction accident settlement for serious injuries he sustained on March 8, 2004. Vasquez was a roofer for Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving Co. when he fell some 20-feeet through a roof of a Metra-owned premise to land on the concrete floor. A waver of the $560,000 lIlinois workers’ compensation lien was included in the settlement.

The defendants in the case include Walsh Construction Company, the general contractor for the construction project, Metra, and Consoer Townsend Environdyne and Cotter Consulting, a contractor on the project.

Roofer Injuries
Roofers risk serious injuries when doing their job. Chicago slip and fall accidents, fall accidents from elevated heights, falling objects and debris, falls through skylights and unstable floors, and roof collapses are just a few of the hazards faced by roofers. According a University of Florida study from 2000, almost 88% of roofing accidents require hospitalization or end in death. Broken bones, traumatic injuries, and spinal cord injuries can be very painful and costly for the victim and his/her family. A worker with such catastrophic injuries may become disabled for life and no longer be able to earn a living to support the family.

With so many parties normally taking part in a construction project, it can be difficult to determine who should be held liable for your Chicago, Illinois construction accident injuries. Your employer should pay you your Illinois workers’ compensation benefits, and an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation law firm can make sure you are getting all the work injury benefits that you are owed. However, there may be contractors, sub-contractors, architects, insurers, manufacturers of faulty equipment, engineers, and/or other parties who also should compensate you for your injuries.

$6.25 Million Dollar Settlement Paid by Insurers for 57 Year Old Roofer Injured at a Walsh, Forbes.com, July 14, 2010

UF Study: Lax Safety Causes More Home-Building Deaths And Injuries, University of Florida, December 18, 2000


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Construction Safety, CDC

Illinois Workers' Compensation Act (PDF)

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July 5, 2010

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


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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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July 4, 2010

Recent Construction Accident Accidents Result in Fatalities

A construction worker who got hurt on Thursday when he was hit on the head during a work accident has died. 51-year-old Larry L. Reisner was working at the site of a new middle school when a brace that was supporting a cast concrete wall hit him. He passed away on Saturday morning.

Reisner is not the only worker to recently die from injuries sustained during a construction accident. On June 28, Philip Soukup, an ABBCO worker, died from his fatal injuries after he was pinned under a soil compactor. Co-workers say that the 35-year-old was operating the compactor when one of its wheels slipped down an embankment. The heavy machinery rolled, throwing Soukup and trapping him underneath.

Workers were able to use a tractor with a backhoe to pull the compactor off him. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the fatal construction accident.

On June 24, another two construction workers were killed and two others were injured when a concrete pumping truck fell on top of them at a park-and-ride transit site that was under construction. According to the county’s transportation authority spokesperson, the industrial accident occurred because of “equipment failure.”

Construction employees’ families may not be able to sue the employer for wrongful death, but they should be able to receive Illinois workers’ compensation survivors benefits. They also may be able to file third party lawsuits against other parties involved on the work project, the manufacturer of machinery that was defective or malfunctioned, and other liable parties.

Oelwein man dies from construction accident, WCF Courier, July 4, 2010

Co-Worker Talks About Horrific Accident, ABC News, KAALTV, June 29, 2010

2 killed, 2 injured in Lewisville construction accident, Star-Telegram, June 24, 2010


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Construction Accidents, OSHA

Construction Accidents, Justia

Workers' Compensation, Cornell Law School

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June 5, 2010

Scaffolding Accident at Construction Site Injures Six Workers

Investigators are still trying to determine the reason a section of scaffolding collapsed at a Binghamton University construction site on Wednesday. The construction accident caused six workers to fall five stories (about 60 feet) to the ground. All of the injured workers are employed by Apple Roofing, a subcontractor on the nine-building construction project that LeChase Construction is managing.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has six months to complete its probe into the construction accident. According to one BU employee who had passed by the site, the scaffolding looked overloaded with too many people, lumber, and other material.

Scaffolding Accidents
• OSHA says that out of 2.3 million construction workers, 65% have to work with scaffolding.

• According to the US Department of Labor, there were 88 scaffolding deaths in 2007.

• More than 4,000 scaffolding injuries and occur each year.

• 72% of scaffolding injuries that year either involved the support or planking giving way or a worker slipping or getting hit by a falling object.

• Many of these injuries and deaths could have been avoided were it not for improper scaffolding construction or maintenance.

• Common serious scaffolding injuries include traumatic brain injuries, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, and other physical trauma.

With so many parties usually involved in a construction project, not only are you, as an injured worker, likely entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits from your employer’s insurer, but you also may be able to file Chicago construction accident lawsuits against the other parties responsible for your work accident.

More Details Released On Scaffold Collapse; Still No Cause Determined, WICZ, June 3, 2010

Scaffolding at Binghamton University erected one day before collapse, Pressconnects.com, June 3, 2010

Scaffolding, US Department of Labor

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Construction Accidents, OSHA

A Guide to Safe Scaffolding, NCDOL (PDF)

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May 14, 2010

Former Truck Driver Injured in 2006 Construction Accident Awarded $7.87 Million

A jury has awarded $7.87 million to former trucker Gary Will for construction accident injuries he sustained at a Budweiser distribution plant in 2006. Will, who was delivering materials to the construction site, was injured when he was forced to jump off his tractor-trailer in order to avoid getting hit by a concrete beam that a crane operator had lost control off.

The truck driver, who shattered both his heels during the work accident, sued the crane operator’s employer, Molin Concrete Products Co., for negligent crane operation and failure to abide by Occupational Safety and Health Administration and industry standards. The construction accident award includes compensation for lost income, lost future earning capacity, past and future medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Chicago, Illinois Construction Accidents
If you are a worker who was injured at a construction site, there may be a number of third parties that you can hold liable for your Chicago construction accident injuries. Who you can claim recovery from will depend on the specifics of your work injury accident. Possible liable parties might include the construction site owner, the project owner or develop, contractors, architects, engineers, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, machine manufacturers, or suppliers. Injured construction workers are also likely entitled to receive Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

A construction accident can result in catastrophic injuries, cause serious pain suffering, ruin the worker’s career (rendering him/her unable to work), and result in serious financial hardships from medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of future income. It is important that you get legal help so that you can obtain recovery from all liable parties.

Jury awards $7.87 million in worker injury case, StarTribune, May 7, 2010


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Molin Concrete Products

Occupational Health and Safety Administration

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April 13, 2010

Chicago Construction Accident Lawsuit Seeks Illinois Wrongful Death Recovery After Worker is Fatally Injured at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant

The family of Jose Meza is suing Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielson/IHC Construction, and New Holland North America, Inc. for his Cook County wrongful death. Meza, 38, died during a Chicago, Illinois construction accident on November 30 at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant.

The ironworker was using a skid steer loader when his body harness got caught in the equipment. Meza, who worked for Industrial Fence, Inc., was thrown onto the ground and fatally crushed by the engine-power vehicle.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office determined that Meza’s cause of death was multiple fatal injuries from a construction vehicle accident. The South Side man’s family is seeking over $50,000 in Chicago wrongful death recovery.

Chicago, Illinois Construction Accident
With so many parties involved in overseeing and working a construction site, it is important that all safety protocols and proper procedures are followed to minimize the chance of serious injuries and deaths. Even with safety measures in place, the US Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety Health Administration consider construction sites among the most dangerous work sites in the US.

Construction accidents can cause such serious injuries that a worker may may be disabled or permanently injured for life. If you are someone with dealing with catastrophic injuries—whether your own or a loved one’s—from a work accident, Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation may not be enough to cover all your losses.

Although you cannot sue an employer for your construction accident injuries, you are likely entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits. You should file your claim immediately. You may also have grounds for filing a Cook County construction accident lawsuit against third parties that were involved in the construction project.

Suit filed over fatal accident at water reclamation site, Chicago Breaking News, April 12, 2010

Worker ran over at Chicago water reclamation plant, WiredNewsEngine, December 5, 2009


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OSHA

Construction Accidents Overview, Justia

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March 26, 2010

Chicago, Illinois Workers’ Compensation: Hand Injuries Sustained on the Job

Most jobs require the use of the hands. Unfortunately, work accidents can result in hand injuries, which are among the most common kinds of worker injuries. Not only do hand injuries cause the worker pain and suffering and can possibly lead to the inability to do one’s job—whether on a temporary or permanent basis—but there is a good chance that the injured worker will incur medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, and other related bills. It is important that you file your Chicago workers’ compensation claim right away.

Common causes of hand injuries at work:

• Machinery accidents
• Crushing accidents
• Lifting accidents
• Tool-related accidents
• Failure to wear the proper safety gear
• Fall accidents
• Repetitive strain from overuse
• Construction accidents

Common kinds of hand injuries:

• Broken bones
• Crushed hands
• Burn injuries
• Cuts
• Bruises
• Fractures
• Nerve damage
• Tendonitis
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Severed hands
• Loss of fingers
• Scarring
• Disfigurement
• Loss of the use of the hand

Considering that the human hand is made up of 27 bones, it is no wonder that there are so many kinds of injuries that can result. Construction workers, kitchen workers, cooks, office workers, railroad workers, workers that engage in heavy lifting, and workers that use different kinds of machinery are just some of the employees that are at risk of injuring their hands while on the job.


Related Web Resources:
Study: Hand Injuries Most Prevalent, Occupational Hazards/Shock Teck, July 2002 (PDF)

Getting a handle on work-related hand injuries, The Fabricator, September 25, 2003

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February 15, 2010

Chicago, Illinois Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog Reports on Construction Worker Injured During Electrocution Accident

A construction worker was involved in an electrocution accident last week when the boom of the crane he was operating struck a high voltage power line. The worker, Moises Rios, was treated at the construction accident site before being rushed to the hospital.

Crane Accidents
Crane-related accidents continue to be one of the more common causes of construction injuries. In many cases, a crane making contact with a power line can result in death. This is why it is so important that safety measures are followed to prevent such a dangerous work accident from happening. If a construction worker is lucky enough to survive such a powerful electrical jolt, he or she may have to contend with cardiovascular injuries, skin damage, respiratory damage, electrical burns, head injuries, spinal injuries, neurological injuries, and musculoskeletal injuries.

Electrocution accidents are not the only type of crane accident that can cause injuries to crane workers. Rigging malfunctions, collapsed booms, fall accidents, falling loads, and cranes that tip over can injure construction workers and others who may be in the area.

Hundreds of construction workers die every year because of crane accidents. For many survivors of crane accidents, their injuries may be so severe that they can never work again.

Chicago, Illinois Construction Accidents
If you or your loved one got hurt in a Chicago construction accident, you should file your Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation claim right away. You have enough to contend with already during this challenging time without having to worry about medical bills and lost wages. Also, with so many parties involved in a construction project, there may be others that you should sue for your Illinois personal injuries.

Man electrocuted at construction site, stable, Alamogordo Daily News, February 9, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Electrical Injuries, emedicine, October 7, 2009

New Mexico worker electrocuted when crane boom hit power line, Justice News Flash, February 10, 2010


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Construction Accident News, New York Times

Construction Safety, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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January 29, 2010

Construction Worker Killed in Forklift Accident

A construction worker died today after he was run over by a forklift. The construction accident took place at a work site at a children’s hospital. The 30-year-old worker was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Forklift Accidents
Forklifts are used at many work areas in the US on a daily basis. This heavy piece of machinery must be operated correctly and workers in the vicinity must be careful that they don’t get in its way. Unfortunately, forklift accidents are not uncommon and cause a number of US worker fatalities every year.

Some Common Kinds of Work Accidents Involving Forklifts:
• A worker gets hit by a forklift
• A forklift tips over to land on a worker
• A load that falls off a forklift lands on a worker
• The operator loses control of the forklift, which runs over another worker


Some Common Causes of Forklift Accidents:
• The operator does not know how to use a forklift correctly
• Improper safety procedures
• A forklift malfunction that was caused by poor maintenance or a part defect
• The operator loses control of the forklift
• Overloaded forklifts
• Inadequate operator training
• Lack of proper communication among workers and supervisors


Examples of Serious Injuries Caused by Forklift Accidents:
• Crush injuries
• Broken bones
• Spinal cord injuries
• Internal injuries

An experience Chicago construction accident law firm can help you determine who should be held liable for your for Illinois forklift accident case. In addition to filing third party lawsuits against the responsible parties that are not your employer, you will want your employers’ insurer to pay you your Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

Construction Worker Run Over, Killed by Forklift, MyFoxPhoenix, January 29, 2010


Related Web Resources:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Illinois Department of Labor

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December 30, 2009

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, Pantagraph.com, December 25, 2009


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Illinois Department of Labor

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December 22, 2009

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


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December 12, 2009

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Payout for Construction Workers Most Impacted by Seriousness of Injury and Impairment Level Say Researchers

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health are reporting that it is the degree of impairment and seriousness of injury and not the workers’ compensation attorney fees that most impact an injured Illinois construction worker’s compensation payout.

The researchers came up with their findings based on a study of 19,734 workers’ compensation claims submitted to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission between 2000 and 2005. Claims are submitted to the commission when an employee and employer are unable to resolve a work injury claim without its intervention. Among the findings:

• 1.21 construction accident claims for every 100 Illinois construction workers.
• Injured construction workers that were represented by an Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer obtained $1,210 more than workers who did not have legal representation.
• Back injuries, spinal injuries, and extremity injuries were the most common work injuries.
• Workers who sustained spinal injuries and back injuries obtained higher compensation than Illinois workers who had injured other body parts.

In an ideal world, a worker who was injured on the job should be able to easily obtain the Illinois workers’ compensation that he is entitled to receive under state law. However, disagreements and delays can happen, which can seriously affect an injured worker’s ability to recover and provide financial support to family members.

Our Chicago workers’ compensation law firm has over 15 years experience obtaining the work injury benefits our clients are owed from employers, bad faith insurance companies, and other parties. Retaining an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can increase the amount you would otherwise receive by two or three times.

Severity Of Injury, Not Legal Fees, Drives Cost Of Workers’ Compensation, UIC School of Public Health

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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Illinois Workers' Compensation Act (PDF)

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November 20, 2009

At Least 5 Construction Accident Deaths Reported in the Last 10 Days

A 27-year-old construction worker died on Tuesday after an embankment at the site he was working at collapsed on him. According to police Gabe Koenigsfeld was unloading wall forms when he was buried in dirt and sand.

The other workers dug him out in about four minutes but he was not breathing or responsive. Koenigsfeld was later pronounced dead. He and his wife were expecting their first child.

The following day, Jerry Pell, a 51-year-old worker, sustained fatal injuries when the Sky Trak that he was riding tipped over. Pell was in the forklift vehicle’s cage when the construction accident happened. He fell at least 20 feet, sustaining heavy neck and head trauma during his fall accident. He was working for David C. Bos Homes when the deadly work incident happened.

Last Friday, 27-year-old Matt Megginson died from injuries he sustained during a forklift accident. The construction worker reportedly lost control of the vehicle, which overturned and pinned him.

That same day, construction worker John Borovicka died in another forklift accident at a construction site on the Quinnipiac University campus. The 58-year-old was fatally injured when a forklift that was moving in reverse struck him.

On November 11, a 35-year-old construction worker died during an aerial lift accident. Ryan Goodman and Shane Wagener, 30, were riding a lift basket when the lift tipped over. The two men were some 50 feet off the ground when the work accident happened. Wagener was seriously injured.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
It is important that you submit your Illinois workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible.

SLT man dies after construction accident, GrandHaven Tribune, November 19, 2009

SD construction accident victim identified, Chicago Tribune, November 18, 2009

Forklift kills worker at Burris Logistics, Justice News Flash, November 18, 2009

Man Dies In Construction Accident At Quinnipiac University, Courant.com, November 14, 2009

O&G worker killed in freak accident, The Register Citizen, November 13, 2009

Fatal construction accident at arts center is under investigation, The Kansas Star, November 11, 2009


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US Department of Labor

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November 12, 2009

Illinois Manager Obstructed OSHA Investigation into Worker’s Fall Accident Death

An Illinois roofing company manager has been ordered to serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to obstructing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s probe into a worker’s death. The charges that Moline resident Stephen Vynke agreed to plead guilty to are one count of making false statements related to the work accident probe and two felony counts of obstructing pending proceedings.

Vynke must also pay a $5,000 fine. He is to spend two years under supervised release.

A 36-year-old worker with Winter's Architectural Roofing Company died on October 10, 2007 after falling 16 feet from the roof of a building he was working on. Vynke admits that he set up safety fall protection after Walter L. "Boe" Whipple's fall accident and made false statements when speaking to OSHA.

Fall accidents, including falls from roofs, cranes, scaffolding, elevated heights, and slip and fall accidents, continue to be common causes of work injuries or deaths.

Companies are supposed to make sure that safety measures are in place so that workers are protected from hazardous conditions that could result in injury or death. However, in Illinois, it shouldn't matter whether the employee or the employer was at fault for causing the work accident if the employee is entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

Filing your work injury claim as soon as possible is the first step to obtaining your benefits.

Manager at Illinois Firm Sentenced for Obstructing OSHA Investigation, Claims Journal, October 21, 2009

Vyncke pleads guilty to covering up safety violations, Quad Times, May 22, 2009


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November 10, 2009

Construction Accidents Result in Serious Crush Injuries for Two Workers

A work accident involving a forklift and a heavy crate has left one worker with a crushed leg. The construction accident happened on Thursday while ADI Marketing Inc. workers were unloading the wooden objects.

While workers were using a forklift to move the bigger boxes, one of the crates fell on a worker, pinning him to a truck. His leg was crushed during the construction accident.

Also on Thursday, a construction worker was killed when he was run over by a truck. Police declared 57-year-old flagger Carroll Michael Rehmert dead a the work accident site. Rehmert was stopping traffic when the construction truck, driven by Anthony Wayner Lamburn, 37, backed over him. The flagger was pulled into the vehicle’s rear axle.

Lamburn panicked, and he attempted to put the vehicle in drive. This caused the truck to accidentally crush Rehmert.

Crush injuries are often catastrophic and can cause permanent if not fatal damage to the victim. While employees generally cannot sue their employers for personal injury, they are usually entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation and they can sue other responsible parties for damages.

The construction industry can be dangerous for workers and many injuries can render a victim unable to work for life. This is one reason it is so important that you consult with a Chicago construction accident lawyer about your case so that you are aware of all your legal options.

Multiple parties may even be liable for your construction accident injuries, such as the construction company, an engineering company, machinery manufacturers, building architects, project designers, insurers, and others.

Construction Worker Killed in Buckeystown, Your4State, November 6, 2009

Construction worker’s leg crushed by falling wooden crates!, New York Injury News, November 10, 2009


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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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November 5, 2009

Chicago Work Accident: Flagger Dies From Truck Accident Injuries Sustained in Highway Construction Zone

A construction worker died on Saturday in a highway work zone. According to Chicago Ridge police, flagger Joseph Bartkowiaki was fatally injured when a gravel truck that was heading for Crowley-Sheppard Asphalt hit him. Joseph Bartkowiaki worked for the company. Stanislaw Wdowikowski, also 56, was driving the gravel truck.

Bartkowiaki was directing traffic in an area were the company was repaving the street. Wdowikowski says he thought that the flagger was directing him to go forward, but witnesses say that wasn’t the case.

The truck driver struck the construction worker. He stopped his large truck when he heard people yelling at him. Wdowikowski backed up too far, striking Bartkowiaki again.

Police cited the truck driver for failing to stop for a flagger.

The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse reports that there were 31 Illinois motor vehicle crashes in construction/maintenance zones in 2008. Workzonesafety.org is reporting 5 Illinois road construction site deaths for that year.

In some cases, the victim is a motor vehicle occupant. In other instances, the victim is a construction worker who was doing a job in the work zone.

The parties in charge of the construction/maintenance zone must implement that all safety precautions are in place to decrease the chances of a worker getting injured or a motor vehicle accident happening. Failure to exercise this duty of care can be grounds for a Chicago injury lawsuit. Construction workers injured on the job are likely entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

Common causes of construction zone accidents:

• Distracted drivers
• Equipment and machinery defects
• Poor barricade placement
• Warning signs that are not easily visible
• Inadequate worker training
• Machinery accidents
• Motor vehicle accidents

Construction worker dies in accident, Southtown Star, November 1, 2009

Construction worker struck and killed by truck, Chicago Breaking News, October 31, 2009


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November 2, 2009

OSHA’s 2009 Top 10 Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its list of the 10 most common workplace safety violations for the year:

9,093 Scaffolding violations: Most common causes of scaffolding accidents involve the support or planking giving way or the employee slipping or getting hit by a falling object.

6,771 Fall Protection violations: Workers in the general industry working at a height of four feet or greater must be adequately protected. In the construction arena workers must be protected when working at six feet or higher.

6,378 Hazard Communication violations: Chemical makers and importers must evaluate the hazards of their products and develop safety data sheets and labels so that downstream clients are made aware of these hazards.

3,803 Respiratory Protection violations: Workers must be protected against dangerous dusts, smokes, fogs, gases, mists, sprays, vapors, and inadequate oxygen environments. Failure to do so can result in lung impairment, cancer, and other diseases. It can also lead to deaths.

3,321 Lockout-Tag Out violations: Employees must be protected from hazardous energy released during maintenance or service. They also must be protected from the unexpected activation of equipment and machinery.

3,079 Electrical Wiring Violations: Electricians, engineers, sales people, office workers, and other employees must be protected from the hazards of working directly or indirectly with electricity.

3,072 Ladder violations: Falls from ladders can result in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death. Fall accidents cause 8% of all occupational-related fatalities involving trauma.

2,993 Powered-Industrial Trucks violations: Tens of thousands of people are injured each year because of forklift accidents.

2,556 Electrical violations

2,364 Machine Guarding violations: Protecting workers from any part, process, or function that can injure or kill a worker.

Compared to same time period last year, the number of top 10 violations has gone up nearly 30%.

Regardless of who or what caused a work accident, most workers are entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

OSHA Reports on Top 10 Safety Violations for 2009, Reuters.PR Newswire, October 27, 2009


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October 29, 2009

Recent Industrial and Construction Accidents Result in Catastrophic Injuries

The last few days have been rough for at least three workers who sustained catastrophic injuries on the job. On Saturday, Seth Golbitz severed four fingers on his right hand during an industrial accident.

Doctors were able to reattach his index finger. However, they could not save his ring finger and middle finger. His pinkie now only extends up to his first knuckle.

Golbitz, 32, and another worker were using a computer-controlled overhead router when the work accident happened. OSHA is investigating the incident.

On Monday, a worker fell to his death at a CPS Energy coal plant. According to another worker, Toby Shane Berry was on an unsecured portion of a walkway that tipped. Berry lost his balance and fell approximately 30 feet. He died from fatal head injuries.

Even though the 27-year-old was wearing a safety harness, he did not secure it to anything.

Berry is the second person killed this year during a fall accident at the construction site. In January, Horatio Sepulveda was working on scaffolding when he fell.

Calaveras Power Partners, Berry’s employer, says the company requires that all workers be secured by two harnesses when working at elevated heights.

Also on Monday, another worker was sent to the hospital when he was buried alive during a construction accident. Cory A. Rogers was working in a 7-foot trench when he was covered by dirt and rocks. It took rescuers over an hour to dig him out.

Worker falls to death at power plant, My San Antonio, October 27, 2009

1 of Cranston worker's 4 fingers reattached, The Providence Journal, October 26, 2009

Bristol man remains in guarded condition following construction accident, MPN Now, October 27, 2009


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October 24, 2009

Skokie Worker Dies in Chicago Construction Accident

An Illinois worker who was injured during a Park Ridge construction accident on October 17 died. Joseph C. Patyk, 32, is from Skokie.

According to police, the construction worker was using a power rodder to clean a drain located outside a residence when the catastrophic Chicago-area work accident happened. A neighbor found Patyk unconscious at around 7:30am. Patyk’s sweatshirt appears to have become entangled in the sewer equipment equipment he was using.

Today, in another construction accident, two workers got hurt while installing a tire on a piece of equipment. Geoff Beaudry, who was injured on the head, was also treated for facial injuries. Construction worker Brandon Erme received medical care for possible eyes injuries.

Illinois Construction Accidents
The construction industry is a high-risk field that can lead to catastrophic injuries for workers. Fortunately, most workers are entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits that can cover medical costs and lost wages. An experienced Chicago workers' compensation law firm can ensure that you receive all work injury benefits that you are owed.

Examples of Construction Accidents:
• Construction machinery accidents
• Crane accidents
• Scaffolding accidents
• Fall accidents
• Motor vehicle-related construction accidents
• Electrocution accidents
• Fire accidents
• Trench collapses
• Exposure to hazardous substances
• Explosions
• Defective construction devices
• Structural collapses
• Falling objects

An injured construction worker and his or her family may also be entitled to third-party Chicago personal injury recovery.

Two hurt at Maumee Tire Man, ToledoontheMove, October 24, 2009

Contractor dead after accident with sewer equipment, Chicago Sun-Times, October 21, 2009


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October 15, 2009

Trench and Crane Collapses Claim Construction Workers’ Lives

A construction worker died today in a trench collapse accident. The man was buried under five feet of dirt for nearly four hours before rescuers were able to retrieve his body.

The sewer trench that collapsed was being constructed for a Habitat for Humanity home that was under construction. Batallion chief Dave Rhodes says that heavy rains increased the chances of a spoil pile, which involves dirt that was dug up collapsing back into a hole. Rhodes says the dirt’s weight was approximately 3,000 lbs/cubic yards and that 32 cubic yards had been removed. He noted that steel plants or wooden blanks hadn’t been used at the construction site to hold back the dirt during digging.

Some 45 people worked to free the construction worker, who fell into the foot trench. Another man also fell into the trench but was rescued before emergency workers arrived.

Another construction worker died on Monday when he fell 125 feet during a crane collapse accident. The tall construction lift reportedly toppled over while it was on a sidewalk grate, striking an apartment building as it fell.

There are some reports that the gate gave way. Investigators are trying to determine why 40-year-old James Wilson wasn’t properly secured to the boom lift’s bucket.

Falling debris caused minor injuries to three others. One victim, a woman in her 70’s, sustained a broken arm.

Our Chicago construction accident lawyers and Illinois workers’ compensation attorneys represent the families of clients who were injured in construction accidents. Construction work can be dangerous work, and an experienced Chicago injury law firm can determine who is liable for your Illinois work injuries. Workers’ compensation and third party recovery is very important—especially if the construction injuries are catastrophic or fatal.

Also on Monday, a 19-year-old construction worker’s right arm was mangled when it got stuck in a portable mortar mixer. Isaac Lee was partially pulled into the machinery. The top of his head and his cheek were impaled, and he also sustained facial lacerations that were almost a half-inch deep.

onstruction worker killed in trench collapse, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 15, 2009

Worker’s arm mangled in mortar mixer accident, Justice News Flash, October 14, 2009

Worker dies in Philly after 125-foot fall, Boston.com, Octobe 12, 2009


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October 9, 2009

Industrial Accident Kills Worker Who is Crushed in Molding Press

Police are looking into a fatal work accident involving a worker who was crushed in a molding press at Buckhorn LLC on Wednesday night. The machine reportedly was malfunctioning.

31-year-old Toby Hall was in the machine when it was activated. The worker who was operating the machine thought Hall had left to get a tool so he activated the machine.

According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration records, the plant has received nine citations this year. Three of them were “serious” violations.

On Thursday, one worker was critically injured when he fell 130 feet. Jason Redke was on a platform helping secure a spout to the petal “leg” structure used for distributing grain to bins when the weld that held the spout to a crane came loose. The leg collapsed and along with Redke fell into a pile of rubble. During the collapse, another worker, 27-year-old Shawn Babbitt, fell some 30 feet from a bin top. Redke was hospitalized in critical condition while Babbitt was hospitalized in fair condition.

In another fatal work accident, Darrell T. Seiber died today when his coal truck drove off a mountain road. He may have been operating the truck at a vehicle faster than what was acceptable considering the road conditions. Seiber, 48, was a contract driver working for Cox Trucking.

A US Mine Safety and Health Administration spokesperson said that Seiber sustained fatal head injuries when he tried to jump out of the truck. The truck crash is considered a mining accident.

Our Chicago construction accident lawyers represent workers injured in Illinois construction accidents and other industrial accidents. We are also experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys. This means that not only will we work to maximize the recovery you are owed from all liable third parties, but we can make sure your employer fully compensates you for your work injuries.

Workers say unusual break in weld caused man to be critically injured in 130-foot fall at Lake Odessa grain elevator, Mlive.com, October 8, 2009

Worker dies in crash on mine land, Knox News, October 9, 2009

Worker at plant crushed to death, News-Leader.com, October 9, 2009

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September 30, 2009

Fall into Hot Water Tank Kills Construction Worker

A construction worker died on Monday after he fell into a water tank. Toby Lynn Gardner, a 35-year-old contract worker, was on a catwalk above the tank when he fell at an International Paper Co. mill.

The linerboard white water tank is three stories high and stores recycled water that the company uses to make paper. The water’s temperature is about 150-200 degrees.

Coworkers failed in their attempts to rescue Gardner and his body was recovered almost an hour and a half after the construction accident.

Gardner was employed by Zachry Construction Corporation.

Also on Monday, a 23-year-old construction workers was crushed to death by a compactor roller at a sewage treatment plant. Joshua Parks was driving the machinery over a pile of dirt when it rolled over him. He died at the construction crash site.

In another fatal construction accident involving machinery on the job, John Thomas Sparks, 51, died on Saturday when he was run over by a dump truck that backed over him. Sparks was working at the construction site as a flagger. He also was pronounced dead at the work accident site. Sparks worked for Mama Joe’s Flagging.

Our Chicago construction accident law firm represents injured construction workers and their families with claims against third parties involved in catastrophic work accidents. Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer Steve Malman can also represent construction accident clients during discussions with employers and their insurers to make sure injured workers receive all of the work benefits that they are owed.

Dump truck runs over Oregon construction worker, Justice News Flash, September 30, 2009

Construction worker killed in Roller Compactor accident, ARI, September 30, 2009

Victim in Monday paper mill accident identified, Enquirer-Herald, September 29, 2009

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September 22, 2009

Chicago Demolition Worker Survives Roof Collapse Accident with Minor Injuries

A Chicago work accident left one demolition worker with minor injuries after he survived a roof collapse incident at a Menard’s store in Hoffman Estates on Tuesday afternoon. A demolition was taking place at the building.

The worker, 45, became trapped in a three-foot high pocket after the roof fell during the demolition. It took crew workers nearly an hour to stabilize part of the roof and cut out a space that the man could use to escape. He was transported to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. According to Arlington Heights police, the fact that the man got caught in the “pocket” prevented him from sustaining more serious injuries.

Whether a work site is one designated for construction or demolition, it is important that the proper safety measure are implemented to protect construction workers and demolition workers. Structural collapses can cause serious injuries to workers and people passing by the site. Having a roof collapse is a serious matter, and victims have been known to sustain broken bones, back injuries, neck injuries, nerve damage, internal injuries, disfigurement, amputation, and traumatic brain injuries. In some cases, Chicago demolition accidents can prove fatal.

Common causes of demolition accidents include:

• Premature structure collapse
• Hazardous substances
• Someone accidentally knocking into the structure
• Falls from elevated areas
• Premature detonation

Demolition workers who are injured during work accidents need to file their Chicago workers’ compensation claim right away.

Demolition worker rescued after northwest suburban building collapse, Chicago Sun-Times, September 22, 2009

Worker rescued in Hoffman Estates roof collapse, Chicago Breaking News, September 22, 2009


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August 28, 2009

Chicago Construction Worker Killed When Bobcat Falls Seven Stories

A Chicago construction accident has claimed the life of worker Carlos Mayroja. Mayroja, in his late 30’s, was riding a Bobcat that a crane was lifting up seven stories when the heavy machinery fell to the ground, pinning him in the machine. The deadly Chicago work accident took place at the Chicago Housing Authority demolition project located on South State Street.

A crane was required to extricate Mayroja from the Bobcat. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and later pronounced dead.

Bobcat Accidents
Bobcats are commonly used at Chicago, Illinois construction sites to move materials and large objects. It is important that a Bobcat operator know how to properly run this piece of heavy equipment to decrease the chances of injury or death.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has specific regulations and rules about how to safely operate Bobcats that are used on the job. That said, Chicago construction accidents can happen because of the negligence of the construction company, the construction worker, the machinery manufacturer, or merely by accident and through no one else’s fault.

While an injured construction worker cannot sue his or her employer for personal injury, he or she will likely be entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits. Also, because construction projects tend to involve more than one company participant, there may be parties that can be held liable for personal injury via third party lawsuits. An experienced Chicago construction accident law firm will have the resources, the manpower, and the experience to properly investigate the accident site and evidence so that they can prove liability.

1 dead in S. Loop construction accident, ABC Local, August 18, 2009

Construction Worker Dies After 7-Story Fall, NBC Chicago, July 7, 2009

Injuries Involving Heavy Machinery, Ezine Articles,

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August 17, 2009

Five Chicago-Area Construction Companies Reach Agreement with Attorney General Madigan that Ensures Employees Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Other Benefits

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and five construction companies in the Chicago area have reached an agreement settling claims she made against them. The defendants, Jerry Ryce Masonry, Inc. Jerry Ryce Builders, Inc., JS Masonry & Stone, Inc., JS Masonary Inc., and JS Masonry & Tuckpointing, Inc., are accused of falsely claiming that their employees were independent contractors when they should have been categorized as full-time workers.

Under the terms of the settlement, the construction firms will no longer employ this practice, which allows companies to get around state labor laws and can deprive workers of unemployment aid, workers’ compensation, and the proper wages.

Each defendant will pay over $79,000, and over the next four years, all five of the construction companies are barred from taking part in construction projects with public companies. Over the next five years, the Attorney General will be allowed to inspect all of the firms to make sure they are in compliance with state labor laws.

Per Illinois law, workers have to be treated as employees unless they fulfill certain requirements that allow them to fall under the category of independent contractor. Misclassifying workers violates the Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act, the Employee Classification Act, and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.


Construction Workers and Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Construction workers often place themselves in dangerous situations on a regular basis just to do their job. It is important that they receive the work benefits that they are entitled to, especially their Illinois workers’ compensation benefits, because they could get hurt, become permanently disabled, or die in an Illinois construction accident. Spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, burn injuries, electrical injuries, and other catastrophic injuries can happen, and construction workers need all the worker protection and assistance that state law allows.

Illinois AG Settles With Construction Firms Over Worker Classifications, Insurance Journal, August 11, 2009


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August 14, 2009

Several People Injured this Week in Construction Accidents

A number of workers got hurt this week in construction accidents that occurred throughout the US.

John Grizo, 36, had to be airlifted to a burn center after he experienced electrical shock at a wastewater treatment plant on Thursday morning. Grizo works for an electrical subcontractor. He was knocked unconscious while working at a construction site and was struck in the head when electricity in a 480-volt panel arced.

Also on Thursday, two other construction workers got hurt when the hydraulic lift they were using tipped over. The workers broke limbs and were transported to a hospital.

On Wednesday afternoon, three construction workers got hurt when a mobile construction machine crashed into temporary steelwork. Three men were thrown to the ground. They were taken to the hospital for what appeared to be minor injuries.

Construction accidents continue to be a major cause of work-related injuries and deaths. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, some of the most common causes of construction citations include:

• Electrical-related issues
• Fall protection and training
• Scaffolding
• Head protection
• Excavations
• Ladders
• General construction safety
• Issues with health provisions

Injured construction workers and their families will likely have Illinois workers’ compensation benefits to cover the costs incurred from Chicago construction accidents. Who is at fault should not be an issue.

It is important, however, that your employer pays you the work injury benefits that you are owed and that you receive them on time. Should a dispute arise, you should speak with our Chicago workers’ compensation law firm about your case.

3 workers hurt in Bay Bridge accident, SF Gate, August 14, 2009

2 construction workers injured at NJ university, Philly.com, August 13, 2009

Man shocked in Holly Springs construction accident, WRAL, August 14, 2009


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August 5, 2009

Illinois Painter Sustains Serious Work Injuries During Stairwell Fall Accident

A painter says she sustained serious injuries to her head, shoulders, neck, spine, arms, legs, back, and feet when she fell off a stairwell that did not have railing. Laurie Hilliard was employed by Touched by an Angel when the Illinois construction accident happened on July 30, 2007. The company had been hired to provide trim and paint work at the home.

Injured Illinois workers usually are entitled to obtain workers’ compensation benefits from their employers. However, there also may be third parties that can be sued for personal injury because they are liable for the work accident.

Hilliard’s Illinois personal injury complaint, file last month, names Dan and Elaine Whys, Brandon Wyhs, Wyhsco Construction, Don Waddles, Archway Construction, Don Waddles, and Matt Mallinex as defendants.

The injured worker says the work accident caused her to experience great physical and emotional pain and suffering, loss of normal life, disability, and lost wages. She also has medical expenses stemming from her work injuries.

The plaintiff’s 16-count lawsuit is seeking over $700,000 plus costs and other relief. Hilliard blames Elaine and Dan Wyhs of neglecting to reasonably inspect the premises, failing to note that there was a fall hazard, not exercising enough care to make sure she didn’t get hurt, neglecting to remedy the fall hazard, and failing to properly supervise the work site.

Hilliard says that all of the defendants created a fall hazard when they took off the railing that served as a barricade to the unfinished stairwell.

In June, another Illinois painter was awarded over $2.84 million for a heel injury he sustained during a fall accident at a school construction site. In 2003, William Theiss fell 15-feet while working on a lift that didn’t have a guardrail.

He had to undergo a number of surgeries to treat his injuries and was unable to properly do his job after the Illinois construction accident. After taking into account the issue of comparative negligence, Theiss’s award was reduced to $1.98 million.

Painter sues after falling from unfinished stairwell, The Record, August 5, 2009


Related Web Resource:
Construction Accidents Overview, Justia

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July 25, 2009

Worker Sues Yankees for Construction Accident that Severed His Wrist

This week, a construction worker sued the New York Yankees and Turner Construction for injuries he sustained in a construction accident last year. Marc Kemprowski severed his wrist when the portable, power driven handsaw he was using kicked back at him. Kemprowski, 28, says the saw cut his arm to the bone. While doctors were able to reattach his hand, he has lost full use of it and cannot use his hand to do his job.

Kemprowski is accusing the defendants of maintaining dangerous working conditions. Over a dozen other workers have filed personal injury lawsuits for injuries they sustained while building the new stadium for the Yankees.

Construction Accident Claims
Many construction workers place themselves at risk of getting seriously hurt while doing their job. If you were injured in a Chicago construction accident, not only are you likely entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits, but there may be third parties associated with the job that you were performing that can be held liable for personal injury.

Many serious construction accidents have been known to leave a worker injured in such a way that he or she may not longer be able to work as a construction worker ever again. Not only are there costly medical and recovery expenses to consider, but your permanent loss of income may require you to explore all avenues of compensation in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits.

Recent US construction accidents:

• A construction worker was rushed to the hospital today after he fell 30 feet in a scaffolding accident. The worker was working on a job at the JW Marriot Resort when he landed on the concrete. The cause of the fall accident is not known at this time. According to one fire department lieutenant, the worker appeared to have sustained internal injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

• Also this month, a 21-year-old worker died in a July 10 construction accident. It was just his 5th day on the job. Spencer Clark Harrington sustained fatal injuries to his stomach and head when a 30-foot steel fell off a forklift, striking him. Harrington was a father-to-be.

• Just two days before that, another construction worker died when one of the metal pieces used to hold scaffolding together fell five stories, striking the worker’s head. According to police, the other workers told the men on the ground to move but Kimberly McKinley, 54, was not able to get out of the way. McKinley wasn’t wearing a hard hat when he was struck by the metal attachment.

Construction worker injured at the new Yankee Stadium takes legal action, NY Daily news, July 23, 2009

Worker Falls At Hotel Construction Site, KSAT12, July 24, 2009

Construction worker falls 30 feet and lands on concrete, KENS5, July 24, 2009
Father-to-be, 21, dies after construction accident on Harbor Island, Seattle Times, July 13, 2009

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July 10, 2009

Chicago Construction Accident: Illinois Drunk Driver Pins Worker Between Two Motor Vehicles in Work Zone Area

A Chicago construction worker has been rushed to an Oak Lawn hospital after he was struck by a drunk driver in a construction work zone. The Illinois construction accident occurred today on the Bishop Ford Freeway close to Dolton.

The Chicago work accident took place in a protected work zone on I-94 at around 4:15 am when a 1998 Cadillac pinned the worker to a construction van. The worker sustained two broken legs. The driver of the Cadillac suffered head injuries and was taken to a Harvey hospital.

According to Illinois State Police Chicago Master Sgt. Todd Borisey, the construction worker and the work zone were clearly visible to the motorist, and the cones on the roadway made it clear that there was a protected work zone in the area. The drive could be charged with violating Scott’s Law, which increases penalties if a driver does not yield to emergency vehicles or causes injury to service personnel or public safety workers at roadside emergency scenes.

While construction zones are often marked so that motorists can avoid causing injury to workers, many drivers unfortunately do not realized that they are in a road work area and they need to drive carefully so that no one gets hurt. Just last month, Arnold Placensia, another construction worker, was repairing potholes when a motorist who was driving at a high speed struck him. Placensia died from his injuries as did the driver, Nancy Richards, who struck a large piece of construction equipment after hitting him.

Construction workers injured in work zones are entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation. In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, the injured worker or the family of a deceased construction worker may be able to file a Chicago personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a liable motorist, subcontractor, or another negligent party.

Drunk driver strikes construction worker on Bishop Ford, Chicago Sun-Times, July 10, 2009

Construction worker, driver killed in suspected DUI, The Modesto Bee, June 12, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Scott's Law

Work Zone Mobility and Safety Programs, Federal Highway Adminstration

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July 2, 2009

Recent Construction Accident Settlements Awarded to Illegal Workers a Reminder that All Injured Workers Should Pursue Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Third Party Damages

Last month, the New York Times published an article about three illegal immigrants that were awarded settlements for their construction accident injuries. While many illegal workers living in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States continue to worry that filing a claim for work related injuries could get them in trouble—the outcome of these construction accident cases prove otherwise.

One worker, a 33-year-old plumber from Mexico, settled his construction accident claim for $2.5 million. He sustained scald injuries on his body. Swig Equities, LLC and 44 Wall Owner, LLC were the defendants in his case. The worker was employed by a contractor.

Another worker, a 52-year-old Mexican national, got hurt when a steel beam landed on his foot in January 2004. The worker settled with Beway Realty Corporation and FJ Sciame Construction Company for $750,000.

A third worker, 36 and from Ecuador, fractured his hip and sustained other injuries when three tresses landed on him in August 14, 2007 while he was working on a roofing job. Each of the tresses weighed 200 pounds. He settled his construction accident case against Benjamin Beachwood Ocean Way, LLC, Rockaway Beach Boulevard Construction Company, Benjamin Beechwood Breakers, LLC, and New Visions Construction Corporation for $600,000.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Illegal Workers
Illinois is one of the US states that recognizes an illegal immigrant’s right to obtain workers’ compensation benefits if he or she is injured on the job. He or she can also file a third party claim for personal injury related to the work accident.

Payments for Injuries to Workers Here Illegally, The New York Times, June 17, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Economy Packing Co. v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (PDF)

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

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June 27, 2009

Construction Accident at Airport Injures Five Workers

Five construction workers got hurt in a construction accident at the McCarran International Airport. They were working on the international terminal project when the work accident happened.

According to an airport official, a horizontal structure made of reinforced steel rods fell around the men. Workers that were not involved in the construction accident used cranes to remove the fallen structure to free the workers. One man was treated for a punctured lung. All five workers are employed by Pacific Coast Steel.

Just this February, a worker employed by a paving company died at this construction site.

Construction Accidents
Construction work continues to be a dangerous line of employment for its workers. This is why the parties involved with running a site and the people in charge of overseeing construction workers must ensure that the proper safety measures are in place.

Earlier this month, in Austin, Texas, construction workers went to City Hall to demand better working conditions. They brought with them 142 pairs of work boots to represent the 142 workers killed in Texas construction accidents in 2007. More construction workers were killed in Texas that year than in any other state. The workers' call for change came three days after three construction workers died. They sustained fatal fall injures when a scaffold collapsed outside a high-rise building that was under construction.

Two of the men fell at least 11 stories to the ground. A third worker fell a few stories before landing on a parking garage roof. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a few hours later.

Chicago Construction Accidents
Our Chicago construction accident law firm knows how to identify the parties that are liable for causing an Illinois construction accident. We also can make sure that you receive all of the workers’ compensation benefits that you are owed.

5 hurt in Las Vegas airport construction accident, MercuryNews/AP, June 23, 2009

Austin Workers Call For Better Conditions After Deadly Construction Accident, KeyeTV.com, June 16, 2009


3 construction workers killed in scaffold plunge, Statesman.com, June 11, 2009

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June 18, 2009

Illinois Work Accident: Worker Sues Crane Company for Construction Accident Injuries, Including TBI

A Monroe County construction worker is suing Rehkemper & Sons and National Crane Company for his work injuries. Andrew Buckley claims he started to experience mental, personality, and behavioral changes after he sustained a traumatic brain injury while on the job.

Buckley says that on July 11, 2007, he was hit in the head and chest by bundled floor trusses that had fallen after the crane arm that was carrying the materials suddenly broke. The impact of being struck by the bundles threw him backward onto concrete.

Buckley says that as a result of the crane accident, he sustained facial fractures and had to undergo reconstruction surgery. He also sustained a TBI. He contends that his ability to work and enjoy life became impaired and he lost income because he couldn’t work.

At the time of the work accident, Buckley was employed by McFadden Construction Company, and Rehkember and Sons was using mobile cranes at the Columbia construction site. He is seeking over $50,000 plus other relief.

Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are catastrophic injuries that can seriously impair your ability to live a normal life. A person with a TBI may no longer be able to work or perform daily tasks, and his or her ability to interact with family and friends may become seriously impaired.

While Illinois workers’ compensation benefits will provide you with some compensation for your TBI that you sustained in a work accident, this may not be enough to cover all your costs and losses. An experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer can determine whether you have grounds for filing a third party lawsuit against other liable parties.

Traumatic brain injury at work site prompts suit, The Record, June 11, 2009

Brain injuries are the 'invisible' disability, The Enterprise-Bulletin, June 11, 2009

Related Web Resources:
TBIs, CDC.gov

Construction Accidents Overview, Justia

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June 10, 2009

Chicago Workers’ Compensation: Worker on Dan Ryan Expressway Struck by SUV

A Chicago worker was injured on the Dan Ryan Expressway early this morning when he was hit by an SUV. The worker was picking up highway barrels when the Illinois work zone accident happened, causing him to get pinned against his truck.

He suffered severe leg injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Illinois Work Zone Accidents
According to an Illinois State Police official, there were 31 work zone deaths in 2008. 2 of the victims were construction employees. 27 work zone deaths occurred in 2007, including two construction worker deaths. There were 29 work zone fatalities in 2006, including one construction employee fatality. The majority of deadly work zone accidents occur because of driver distraction or speeding.

A few years ago, state police began using photo enforcement vans close to work zones to catch people speeding. Vans are easy for motorists to see and come with a speed board. As a result, over 7,441 speeding tickets have been issued over the last four years, and the Illinois Department of Transportation has made over $7.4 million from work zone speeding violations. The IDOT maintains, however, that the citations are issued to save lives and not to make money.

Illinois work zone employees injured on the job should file their workers’ compensation claims as soon as possible. Regardless of who caused your work injury accident, you are likely entitled to work injury benefits—and you may also be able to obtain Illinois personal injury compensation from a negligent driver or another careless party.

Common causes of injuries to highway workers:

• Motor vehicle accidents involving passing traffic.
• Construction accidents involving construction equipment and work vehicles.
• Inadequate safety measures or lack of the proper safety gear to protect workers.

Illinois highway work zone deaths decline, but police remain vigilant, Herald & Review, July 19, 2009

Dan Ryan road worker hit, seriously injured, Chicago Breaking News, June 10, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Building Safer Highway Work Zones: Measures to Prevent Worker Injuries From Vehicles and Equipment, CDC

The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse

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June 8, 2009

Illinois Construction Worker Injured in Trench Collapse

Rescue workers in Illinois rescued a construction worker that got trapped in a trench at the construction site of a Sonic Drive-In in Belvidere. The injured worker was transported by air to a local hospital.

According to officials, the 38-year-old worker was in the trench moving dirt so lines could be run into the restaurant when the trench collapsed, burying him from the waist down in the trench. The worker remained conscious, as rescuers attempted to get him out of the 8 feet-deep trench following the Illinois construction accident.

Rescuers included the Rockford Fire Department Technical Rescue unit, the Blackhawk Fire and Rescue, the Belvidere Sewer, EMS Services, the Water Department, and the rescue fire departments from Rockford, Harlem-Roscoe, Belvidere, and Rockton. It took over two hours to extricate the injured worker.

Trench Accidents
Construction workers risk serious injury any time they are involved in a trench accident. If a trench cave-in or collapse happens, the worker can die of asphyxiation, become crushed, end up inhaling hazardous substances, drown, or sustain broken bones, nerve damage, a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injuries, or get buried alive.

Common causes of trench collapses:

• Flooding
• Machinery placed close to the edge of an excavation site
• Contact with underground utility lines
• Improper shoring
• Digging defects
• Equipment issues
• Lack of safety equipment


Employers are required to put in place the proper safety and protection systems to prevent trench collapse or cave-in accidents from happening. In the event that you are injured in an Illinois trench collapse accident, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

In a Chicago trench collapse accident that happened last month, rescuers transported an Illinois construction worker that got trapped for over four hours in a trench near a Northwest Side high school to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The worker was repairing a sewer line when the Chicago construction accident happened.

Worker rescued from trench collapse, Rrstar.com, June 1, 2009

Man rescued after spending more than 4 hours in trench, SunTimes, May 27, 2009


Related Web Resources:
Construction Accidents Overview, Justia

OSHA

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June 2, 2009

Two Workers Hurt in Electrical Accidents Sustain Burn Injuries

A worker is in the hospital after he was injured in an electrical accident on Tuesday afternoon. Brian Arnold was testing an electrical line when his tools made a flash burn happened. He sustained second-degree burns from the work accident. According to a supervisor, Arnold was wearing the required goggles, helmet, gloves, and uniform and that this likely minimized his injuries.

In another electrical accident that occurred last week, a 38-year-old construction worker sustained burn injuries on his feet and hands when the crane he was operating came into contact with a live electrical line. The electrical shock threw the worker into a pool of water. Paramedics had to wait until the power was turned off before they were able to retrieve him.

Electrical Power Line Accidents
Electrical power lines can be a cause of work injuries in the event that a worker comes into contact with a live power line. Crane operators, painters, and construction workers are just a few of the groups at risk of getting really hurt in an electrical power line accident. In certain instances, the use of certain tools around power lines, such as metal ladders, scaffolds, backhoes, cranes, aluminum paint holders, and concrete pumpers, can increase the chances of an electrical accident happening on the job.

In the event that you are injured in an Illinois work accident, you need to let your employer know immediately so that you can receive your workers’ compensation benefits as soon as possible.

In an ideal world, obtaining workers’ compensation should be an instant, automatic process. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. However, Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer Steven J. Malman can make sure that you receive all the work injury benefits that you are entitled to receive.

Man Suffers Burns After Industrial Accident In Lebanon, WCPO.com, June 2, 2009

Construction worker in hospital due to electrical accident, 680 News, May 25, 2009


Related Web Resources:
How to Prevent Electrical Accidents

Electrical Accidents, CDC


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May 21, 2009

Chicago Workers' Compensation Law Firm: Recent US Construction Accidents Result in at Least Three Fatalities

At least three US workers died in construction accidents this month. On Tuesday, an ironworker worker died in a fall accident while working at a Connecticut construction site. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the cause of the deadly construction accident.

Also on Tuesday, a female construction worker died in a Missouri work accident while working on a concrete placement. The 48-year-old worker was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital where she later died. She had been working on a rebuilding project run by Ozark Constructors, LLC.

Earlier this month, a construction worker died in a Texas work accident when a trench wall at a water tower construction site collapsed. The worker, 34-year-old Rob Harrell, was in the trench attempting to connect the power to a new water tower when the wall fell, partially covering him in dirt.

Construction Accidents
The construction business can be dangerous business for workers, who place themselves at risk of getting seriously hurt whenever they go to work. Just this week, a construction worker sustained minor burns on his feet and hands when he came into contact with a "live" wire and suffered from electric shock. His work accident occurred in a construction area at the Freestyle Music Park in South Carolina.

Any injury sustained during a construction accident should be reported right away. You also may want to consult with an experienced Chicago construction accident lawyer about your Illinois workers’ compensation benefits and any third party Illinois personal injury claims or products liability lawsuits you may be entitled to file.

Iron worker killed in construction accident at Mohegan, Norwich Bulletin, May 20, 2009

Construction worker stable after accident at Freestyle Music Park, CarolinaLive, May 19, 2009

Construction worker dies at Taum Sauk, Forbes/Associated Press, May 19, 2009

Man dies in water tower construction accident in Arlington, DallasNews, May 6, 2009


Related Web Resources:
OSHA

Construction Accidents, Justia

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May 12, 2009

Elevator Accident Crushes Worker to Death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the elevator accident that claimed the life of a worker yesterday. Jason William Moyer, 39, was repairing an elevator when it fell on him while he was in the shaft. He was pronounced dead at the work accident site.

A report from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation says that the elevator that crushed Moyer failed a private inspection in February 2008. At a follow-up evaluation, the state agency issued a citation to the elevator’s owner for failing to have an updated license. The owner was also told that proof of a current inspection would have to be obtained.

Work injuries and deaths can be grounds for workers’ compensation from the injured or deceased worker’s employer. A personal injury law firm can also determine whether there are third parties that should be held liable for your work accident.

For example, last month a worker that got hurt because a man-lift malfunctioned sued a number of companies and officers for injuries he sustained while on the job. Milan Patrick is suing Victory Holdings, Panco Properties, Cathy Panico, Joseph Panico, Genco Land and Development, and Antonio Colasante for personal injury.

Patrick says that the defendants hired him in 2007 to do some remodeling at an apartment building. The worker had to use a 1995 Genie S40 man-lift to complete some of the work on the side of the building.

The plaintiff contends that because the man-lift was not properly maintained and its safety warning system was not working, on April 10, 2007 the bucket of the man-lift that he was in toppled over, causing him to become pinned between a parked car and the bucket. Patrick says he sustained abrasions and broken bones during his work accident.

Work injuries can lead to expensive medical bills, lost wages, and other damages and losses.

Man crushed in Century Village elevator shaft, Palm Beach Post, May 11, 2009

Shinnston man sues over man-lift injury, West Virginia Record, May 11, 2009


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April 23, 2009

From Our Chicago Workers' Compensation Law Firm: Keeping Illinois Highway Workers Safe

About 7,000 motor vehicle crashes occur in Illinois Highway work zones every year. Construction workers and traffic employees risk injury whenever they do their jobs, which is why it is important that the public be made aware of steps they can take to keep our workers safe when they are working on our roads.

Earlier this month, US transportation officials held the 10th National Work Zone Awareness week. They also had a number of facts to offer, including:

• The number of work zone injuries and deaths have decreased over the last decade.
• Nationally, there were 835 work zone deaths in 2007, compared to 1,006 in 2006.

Steps motorists can take to keep work zone workers safe:
• Pay attention to the roads and signs letting you know that you are in a work zones.
• Turn on your headlights so that drivers and workers can see you.
• Don’t tailgate.
• Don’t speed.
• Slow down and obey posted speed limits.
• Make sure you are keeping up with the pace of traffic flow.
• Don’t change lanes when you are driving through a work zone.
• Keep a close watch in case construction machinery or workers suddenly appear before you.
• Although there may be delays when driving in a work zone, practice patience and know that the workers are there to make your roads safer.

Highway worker injuries can be catastrophic injuries and similar to injuries that a pedestrian or a vehicle occupant might sustain during an Illinois motor vehicle collision or a Chicago pedestrian accident. Injured workers’ and their families should file an Illinois’ workers’ compensation claim with their employer immediately and speak with a Chicago personal injury attorney to find out about filing a claim against a negligent motorist or another liable party.

Remember Highway Construction Zone Safety, EHS Today, April 12, 2002

Work Zone Safety, Illinois Tollway

Related Web Resources:
National Work Zone Awareness Week 2009, Federal Highway Administration

Illinois Workers' Compensation Act


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April 18, 2009

Chicago Construction Accident Law Firm: Worker Dies After Saw Kicks Back, Cutting His Throat

A construction work experienced in working with a pipe cutter is dead after the saw that he was operating kicked back, hitting him on the throat on Tuesday morning. Eugene Hakes Jr., employed by A-1 Excavating, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Hakes was engaged in open excavation and using a hand-held gas-powered cutoff saw to cut a water main when the catastrophic construction accident happened. None of the other workers nearby reportedly saw the deadly incident.

A-1 President Terry Pecha said the experienced laborer had worked with a saw hundreds of times. Meantime, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and police are investigating the work site so they can figure out how the work accident happened and whether any safety violations occurred.

In February, OSHA announced that A-1 was being fined almost $700,000 for 11 workplace violations, many of them life-threatening, at a trenching operation. A-1 disagrees with the violations and has challenged them. According to an OSHA inspector, workers were exposed to cave-in hazards in a trench that was not properly protected. In addition to the six OSHA citations that the company received for failing to protect workers from such hazards, A-1 also received 5 citations for failing to place the spoil pile material that was excavated from the trench at least two feet from the excavation edge.

Excavation Site Accidents
Regardless of how much experience you have, working at an excavation site can lead to serious work injuries if an accident occurs. Examples of excavation accidents that can cause serious work injuries:

• Cave-ins
• Insufficient oxygen, which can cause asphyxication
• Drowning
• Inhaling toxic fumes
• Explosions
• Electrocution accidents

You should file an Illinois workers’ compensation claim any time you are injured on the job.

Man Killed On the Job After Power Saw Kicks Back and Cuts His Throat, WEAU, April 15, 2009

Cadott man dies in work accident, Leader-Telegram, April 15, 2009

Related Web Resource:
OSHA

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April 9, 2009

Construction Accidents Injure More Workers

The injury count involving construction workers continues to grow this year. In Florida, two construction workers sustained injuries yesterday when a large metal sheet fell on them. They were trying to guide the sheet through the construction site when it struck them. One worker’s leg injuries were reportedly severe.

In Kansas, a worker was killed on Tuesday during a construction accident at a power plant. The employee, Vatthana Vongtheva, suffered fatal injuries when he got pinned against a boiler wall. The 28-year-old was on a scaffold inspecting equipment when the deadly work incident occurred.

This is the second construction worker death at this plant in less than a year. In May, another construction worker died during a massive crane collapse.

Today, a civil jury awarded $7 million to one construction worker who sustained permanent injuries in an 2005 Iowa construction accident. Sub-contractor Allen Frohn got hurt when a lift tipped over and he fell three stories. He had been hired to do gutter work at the hotel. An expert who testified at the personal injury trial reported that the construction site where Frohn was hurt had been cited for about 8 OSHA violations.

Federal and state laws mandate that construction site owners and contractors provide workers with a safe environment. While most construction workers are guaranteed workers’ compensation benefits, there also may be third parties that are not the injured worker’s direct employer that can be ordered to pay personal injury compensation.

Laborers, ironworkers, masons, carpenters, sheet metal workers, electricians, plumbers, welders, and crane operators are just some of the many construction workers our Illinois construction accident law firm has represented in workers’ compensation cases and personal injury lawsuits.

Two workers injured in construction accident at Fort Lauderdale private school, Sun-Sentinel, April 9, 2009

Scott County jury awards 7 million in construction accident, WQAD, April 9, 2009

Iatan construction accident kills worker, KansasCity.com, March 31, 2009


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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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March 19, 2009

Construction Worker Dies After Falling from Site's 10th Floor

A construction worker is dead following a fall from the 10th floor of a construction site on Wednesday. According to police, Anthony Paino fell and landed on top of the shed of a nearby building. The 28-year-old construction worker was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the Department of Buildings spokesperson, Paino does not appear to have been wearing a mandatory harness that is supposed to keep workers secured to buildings so they don’t fall great distances. Following the deadly construction accident, the department issued numerous safety violations against subcontractors and the builder. The department also gave out a stop-work order and will inspect the safety netting at the hotel construction site.

The Department of Buildings has already cited the project several times this year for a number of hazardous working conditions, including the storage combustible materials, too much debris at the site, and neglecting to provide scaffolds and nets over open work spaces.

Paino was employed by a steel subcontractor. He was reportedly supposed to be working inside guardrails at the edge of the building. A spokesperson for the project’s general contractor says other safety measures had also been implemented.

Construction Fall Accidents
To prevent fall accidents, construction supervisors are supposed to make sure that all safety precautions are followed on the site and that workers use the proper safety equipment, such as fall arrest equipment, perimeter protection and opening coverings, and harnesses.

Construction Worker Falls to Death from 10th Floor of Hotel, New York Times, March 18, 2009

Worker Falls to Death at Hotel Project, New York Times, March 18, 2009


Related Web Resources:
Construction Accidents Overview, Justia

Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, US Department of Labor

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March 18, 2009

Illinois Construction Accident Sends Worker to the Hospital

An air compressor test that went wrong sent an Illinois construction worker to the hospital emergency room. Washburn resident Ed Grebner sustained facial cuts and pains and aches following the Peoria construction accident on Monday at a work site. The 53-year-old worker is employed by PIPCO Cos.

The Illinois work accident happened early in the afternoon while the construction worker was operating a ground compactor close to the space where workers were testing a 30-inch chilled pipe. A joint broke while a test involving an air compressor was taking place and pressurized air came out of the pipe. Small rocks, dirt, and other debris flew through the air. In addition to Grebner’s injuries, about $25,000 to $40,000 in damage occurred from the accident. Damage included portions of pipe, curtain wall panels, and windshields on nearby construction vehicles.

Air compressors are one of the devices that is commonly used at construction sites. It is important that construction workers exercise extreme caution when working with or around an air compressor.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has set up specific guidelines for working with compressors to make sure that everyone stays safe. Unfortunately, accidents can happen. An explosion involving a compressor can be catastrophic for workers and others in the area.

Falling or Flying Debris at Construction Sites
Depending on the size and type of materials they are made of, falling or flying debris at construction sites can result in serious personal injuries for construction workers. Examples of construction debris include scrap metal, bricks, glass, wood, and other kinds of rubble. Large pieces of debris can cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, massive internal injuries, and death.

Construction worker injured, PJStar.com, March 16, 2009


Related Web Resources:
PIPCO Cos.

Construction Safety, CDC

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March 5, 2009

Illinois Highway Construction Worker Injured on the Job Files Third Party Lawsuit Against Motorist

A couple is suing a driver for injuries the man sustained while working on the job as a highway construction worker. Craig and Collette Poettker filed their Illinois personal injury lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court last week against motorist Joseph Courtney. The Poettkers are seeking over $700,000 in damages.

The Illinois work accident reportedly took place in a construction zone on Highway 161 on March 2, 2007 when Courtney, who was driving on the road, rammed through a barricade while trying to change lanes in the construction area. Craig claims that as a result of Courtney’s driving, flying debris struck him and caused serious, permanent leg and head injuries. He says that he experienced extreme mental and physical pain, lost wages from taking time off work, has incurred multiple medical expenses, and is unable to deal with ordinary life matters. Collette is claiming loss of her husband’s consortium and society.

Their Illinois civil complaint accuses Courtney of negligence when he drove through the construction zone at over 35 mph and did not slow down even though a speed limit was posted for when workers were in the area. The couple is also accusing him of failing to properly control his vehicle and not keeping a proper lookout for hazards on the road.

Also named in the Illinois car accident lawsuit is Helitech, the company that Courtney was working for at the time of the catastrophic work accident. Craig claims that Helitech should have known better than to allow Courtney to drive for work when he had a history of speeding violations.

Highway Construction Accidents
Ideally, a highway construction site will be properly set up to minimize injuries to workers. However, merely placing this type of work area on a road can create a hazardous situation for both highway construction workers and motorists.

Common causes of highway construction accidents include:
• Road debris
• Inadequate warning signs
• Cones that are placed in the wrong spots
• Crane accidents

In Illinois, injured highway construction workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they sustained their injuries while on the job. They also may be entitled to third party compensation for personal injury.

Flying debris on highway caused construction worker's injuries, suit claims, The Madison/St Clair Record, March 5, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Construction Laborers, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Construction, US Department of Labor

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February 20, 2009

More Construction Accidents Occur in the US This Week

The construction industry continues to be a professional field where workers are prone to serious injuries. Just this week, there were at least four reported incidents of workers getting hurt in construction accidents.

Yesterday, an ironworker died at a construction site on the Microsoft campus after he was crushed under thousands of pounds of rebar. The worker was trying to set a rebar form into concrete when the form fell on top of him and he sustained massive head injuries. Workers at the site performed CPR and used a defibrillator to try and revive him. He was pronounced dead at the crash site.

The crane operator who witnessed the work accident is reportedly devastated by what happened. Fortunately, no one else sustained physical injuries.

Also on Thursday, and in another part of the United States, another construction worker sustained serious injuries and experienced electric shock when the crane that was lowering him into a well hit an electrical wire. A power line had to be deactivated so that the worker could be rescued.

At another construction site early this morning, a worker who was repairing a manhole cover in the street died when he was run over by a motorist. According to witnesses, the motorist drove through the construction cones before striking the worker.

On Monday, a 58-year-old worker died after he was run over by an excavator. The worker, Juan Rivera, were grading the backyard of the home and installing a septic system. There was another worker with him who was operating an 11-ton hydraulic Hitachi excavator. Investigators believe that Rivera may have gotten behind the machine operator as he was backing the machine up. The operator of the excavator was so upset by Rivera’s death that he had to be taken to a local hospital.

Construction Accidents and Illinois Workers' Compensation
As an injured Chicago construction worker, you are likely entitled to workers' compensation benefits. If your family member is the one who died in an Illinois construction accident, you may be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits.

Worker killed in accident at Microsoft construction site, The Seattle Times, February 19, 2009

Worker killed in construction accident, APP.com, February 17, 2009

Worker killed in accident at Microsoft construction site, Seattle Times, February 19, 2009

Construction worker hurt in accident at utility site, Sun-Sentinel, February 20, 2009

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February 5, 2009

Burn Accident Injures Welder

A welder sustained serious second- and third-degree burn injuries during a work accident. According to fire officials, James Sellers’s clothes caught on fire while he was working on the scaffolding on the third floor of a fine arts center.

Coworkers used a blanket to put out the flames and emergency workers moved Sellers to the construction office so he would not have to stay in the cold and wind. The injured worker was transported to a hospital before being transferred to a burn center for treatments of the burns he sustained on his chest, arms, and back.

If you sustained your burn injuries in a work accident in Lake County, DuPage County, Will County,or Cook County, or any other county in Illinois, you may be entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

Second-Degree Burns
This kind of burn affects the epidermis and the dermis of the skin and can result in swelling, pain, redness, and blisters. A second-degree burn must be treated properly or it could become a third-degree burn.

Third-Degree Burns
This kind of burn injury affects the dermis, the epidermis, and the hypodermis and can numb the area of the injury even as the victim experiences pain. A third-degree burn can often leave severe scars.

Signs that your burn injury may be a second-degree or third-degree burn:
• Swelling
• Peeling
• Redness
• Charred skin
• White skin
• Shock

Depending on the severity of the burn injury, the burn victim may have to undergo multiple and painful medical procedures to recover. These procedures can be very expensive and another reason that you should receive all of the Illinois workers’ compensation benefits you are owed, as well as any third party personal injury compensation.

Welder is Seriously Burned in Accident, Charleston.com, February 5, 2009

Types of Burns, Burn Survivor Resource Center


Related Web Resource:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Act (PDF)

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January 24, 2009

Construction Accident Claims Worker’s Life After He is Crushed by Falling Debris

A construction worker died on Friday in an on-the-job accident. The victim, Darren Barnicoat, was doing excavation work on a building’s foundation when a 2-feet chunk of brick landed on him, crushing his body. The 31-year-old worker, who was the site supervisor, was in a pit some 10 feet under the surface when the falling debris work accident happened.

While emergency workers tried to revive the construction worker at the scene, their efforts proved futile. Barnicoat was pronounced dead soon after at a local hospital. Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the cause of the deadly construction accident.

Construction Accidents Involving Falling Debris
The property owner of a construction site, the project’s general contractor, and other parties in charge are responsible for making sure that workers and visitors to the site are protected from falling debris and other falling objects. There are safety measures that can be implemented to prevent construction accidents from happening, including keeping pedestrians away from scaffolding, proper maintenance of construction equipment, following OSHA safety regulations, checking that all safety procedures are in place, and using safety nets to prevent debris from falling on workers and others.

Even when safety measures are in place, construction accidents do happen and can result in catastrophic and fatal injuries, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and severed limbs, for victims.

Worker's Compensation for Construction Accident Victims
It is important that an injured construction worker get the proper medical attention that he or she needs to recover or obtain ongoing medical care. Construction workers and the families of those killed in construction accidents are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. They may also be entitled to personal injury or wrongful death compensation from negligent third parties.

Construction worker killed in job site accident, Boston Herald.com, January 24, 2009

Falling bricks cited in site supervisor's death, Boston.com, January 24, 2009


Related Web Resources:
Construction Accidents, Justia

Occupational Safety and Health Administration


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January 14, 2009

Two Crane Accidents Lead to Worker Deaths

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that a crane operator has died during a work accident at a US factory. The accident took place yesterday morning in Wisconsin. Joseph Golec, 46, was operating an overhead crane to lift a 3,700-pound metal casting when the casting struck another casting, striking Golec so that he became caught between two castings. Golec was transported from Kenosha Steel Castings to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

In an unrelated construction accident in Oklahoma on Monday, a worker died while trying to repair a crane. Lucio Reyes sustained major trunk and head injuries when a boom from a crane came loose, pinning the 41-year-old worker to the ground.

Crane Accidents
Crane accidents are a common cause of work injuries and deaths, especially at construction sites. Common causes of crane accident-related injuries:

• Overloading
• Design defects
• Incorrect assembly
• Getting hit by a moving or falling load
• Crane collapse
• Contact with electrical power lines
• Collapsed booms
• Fall accidents
• Rigging related-failures
• Poor maintenance
• Inadequate training

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates that employers follow certain safety precautions and compliance measures to make sure that crane accidents do not happen. Working with a crane can be a dangerous job, and employees are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

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December 24, 2008

Construction Worker Dies and 18 Others are Injured in Botanical Garden Accident

A major construction accident at the Atlanta Botanical Garden left one worker dead and 18 others injured. The work accident occurred on Friday morning as crews poured concrete on Canopy Walk when part of the walkway collapsed.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the cause of the deadly work accident. A preliminary autopsy report found that worker Angel Chupin died due to blunt force injuries. Chupin was 66. Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries were among the serious injuries suffered by the other workers. All of the injury victims are Hispanic and in their 20’s and 30’s.

On Tuesday, four of the construction workers who suffered serious injuries were transported to the Shepherd Center’s ICU. According to Dr. Donald Leslie, the victims either have brain damage or are partially paralyzed. At least 8 medical workers will be tasked with providing medical care for each patient.

In addition to Hardin Construction Co, the other companies charged with concrete-related tasks for the walkway are subcontractors Pioneer Concrete Pumping Inc., SDC Concrete Construction, and Forta Corp.

Catastrophic Injuries
Spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries are very serious kinds of injuries that can alter a victim’s life forever. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person may become paralyzed for life, end up in a coma or brain dead, or lose the ability to perform regular activities due to loss of muscle control or the ability to communicate or understand language. SCI’s and TBI’s usually require specialized, costly medical care.

If your loved one suffered a catastrophic injury or died during an Illinois construction accident, not only are you entitled to workers’ compensation benefits but you may also be able to recover damages from liable third parties.

Botanical garden accident kills 1, injures 18, AJC, December 19, 2008

4 hurt at Botanical Garden moved to Shepherd Center, AJC, December 22, 2008


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OSHA

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December 19, 2008

Illinois Supreme Court Rules on Workers’ Injury and Death Lawsuits in McClugage Bridge Case

On Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court resolved an issue about worker’ lawsuits resulting from work injuries and deaths when it issued its decision in the McClugage Bridge case. The case involves the deaths of three McClugage Bridge workers during a 2000 Illinois work accident.

Companies Midwest Foundation and Halvorson Construction Co. had joined together to rehabilitate the McClugage Bridge, which is located in Peoria over the Illinois River. The two companies set up Midwest Foundation/Halvorsan, a joint venture.

On April 24, 2000, scaffolding fell from the bridge, injuring and killing workers. The injured workers and the family members of the workers that died received workers’ compensation benefits. Four of the workers also filed personal injury lawsuits against the joint venture and Halvoran.

The Illinois Supreme Court’s majority opinion found that such lawsuits cannot proceed. Joint venture employees are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for work-related injuries, but they cannot sue the joint venture or its partners.

There was one dissenting judge out of the seven. Justice Thomas Kilbride said that questions lingered over whether Midwest Foundation was reimbursed for paying for the workers’ compensation premiums and if not, then this could allow for personal injury lawsuits to be brought against the joint venture. Per the joint venture agreement, Midwest Foundation paid for the workers’ compensation insurance premiums, and the joint venture was supposed to reimburse the company.

Under Illinois workers’ compensation law, companies are responsible for providing workers’ compensation benefits to injured workers and the surviving family members of employees killed during work accidents. An experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney can make sure you receive all of these benefits as soon as possible. Your lawyer can also determine if there are other parties that should be sued for personal injury or wrongful death.

Supreme Court rules on 2000 bridge deaths, PJStar.com, December 18, 2008

Read the Opinion, Illinois Supreme Court


Related Web Resource:

McClugage Bridge, Bridge Hunter

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December 11, 2008

More Workers Injured or Killed in Construction Fall Accidents

In the last few weeks, more workers were injured or killed in falls during construction accidents. These work accidents are a reminder of how dangerous it can be to work at a construction site and why it is so important that workers receive the proper training, there are safety procedures and precautions that are properly implemented, and any hazards or defective or dangerous conditions are repaired or removed immediately.

In Indiana, a construction worker died on Saturday when he fell in a scaffolding accident while working at a parking garage. The fatal accident occurred while Jose Ramirez was moving a platform. He had disconnected his safety harness and fell 20 feet. Ramirez suffered catastrophic injuries and was pronounced dead soon after the construction accident.

In Colorado, a painter fell 30 feet through an elevator shaft at a home where construction was taking place on November 26. The week before, a worker installing a seventh floor window at a construction site in New York fell onto the concrete when he lost his balance. Rosaulino Montano died from blunt force injuries to the torso, head, and extremities.
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Construction Falls
Fall accidents are the number one cause of construction worker deaths. Common causes of construction fall accidents include:

• Holes in the floor
• Defective scaffolding
• Crane collapses
• Sides without protection
• Openings in walls
• Improperly secured ladders
• Roof falls
• Slip and fall accidents
• Improperly secured harnesses
• Inadequate fall protection

Fall accidents can lead to serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, crushed or broken bones, internal injuries, and death.

Worker killed in fall from scaffold Downtown, IndyStar.com, December 6, 2008

Feds looking into elevator shaft fall at construction site, Coloradoan.com, December 4, 2008

Man dies after fall at F Street construction site, GWHatchet.com, November 20, 2008

Related Web Resource:
Construction Safety, CDC


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November 12, 2008

Chicago Heights Worker Dies In Construction Accident

In Chicago Heights, a steelworker died on Monday morning when he was crushed by heavy equipment at a steel plant. Heladio Ramirez was operating a radio-controlled crane when, after he raised the crane as high as it would go, a cable broke. This caused the block and spreader to fall some 25 feet and strike the 32-year-old Calumet City resident on the leg, hip, and head. Ramirez, who was a steel bundler and loader at Highway Steel, was transported to St. James Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Steelworker Accidents
Workers at steel plants are exposed to numerous hazards on the job. This is why it is important that steel plants and employers put in place and implement the proper safety procedures. Workers must also be made to undergo the necessary training so that they can do their jobs safely.

Examples of Steelworker Accidents

• Fall accidents
Crush accidents
• Exposure to hazardous substances, such as acid mist
• Machinery and equipment-related accidents
• Ergonomic vibration-related accidents

Injuries at steel plants can be catastrophic and may include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, severed limbs, cardiovascular disease, other work-related illnesses, and death.

A steelworker with a catastrophic injury may no longer be able to work, which could seriously affect his or her ability to support family members. Also, doctor visits, surgeries, and other medical services can be very expensive. This is why it is so important that you avail of your workers’ compensation benefits so that your medical bills are covered.

Chicago Heights steelworker killed by crane, Chicago Tribune, November 11, 2008

Illinois steel worker crushed to death, WANDTV.com, November 12, 2008

Related Web Resources:
Structural Iron and Steel Worker Safety, State Compensation Insurance Fund

The Steelworker Perspective on Behavioral Safety

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November 3, 2008

Illinois Construction Worker and Semi-Truck Driver are Injured in Illinois Motor Vehicle Accident

In Illinois, a Wheeling construction worker suffered serious injuries after he was hit by an SUV on Route 45, just outside Vernon Hills. Felipe Ibarra is being treated at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for head injuries.

The accident happened on Tuesday morning at the Majestic Pines division. A flagger was directing traffic so that a semi-truck could back into the construction site entrance when 17-year-old Jessica Wells struck Ibarra with her GMC Yukon XL. She also struck the truck. The truck driver, Chicago resident Juan Muro, was treated at Condell for non-life threatening injuries.

Wells was charged with driving with an obstructed windshield, failing to stop for a flagger, and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. She was not injured in the accident.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act
In Illinois, employers must pay their injured workers two-thirds of their regular income, tax-free, while they take time off from work to recover. Injured employees are also entitled to full medical coverage. Also, depending on the nature and extent of injuries, an employer's insurer must provide benefits for permanent and temporary disabilities—both total and partial.

Unfortunately, employees and their insurance companies do not always deal with injured workers in a fair manner. The best way to ensure that you get all of the benefits that you and your family are owed is to speak with a knowledgeable Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer who can advocate for your rights.

Construction worker hit by SUV, Suburban Chicago News.com, October 29, 2008


Related Web Resources:

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

Illinois Workers' Compensation Act, Illinois General Assembly

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