4 Construction Workers Injured in Chicago Building Site Accident
Construction Accident,Personal Injury,Work Injury,Workers' Compensation - January 14, 2015
Working on a construction site is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, and it is not uncommon for Chicago construction workers to sustain serious injuries or even die on the job. Construction work is critical to the development of any city, and if you are a construction worker, it is important that you know your rights as they relate to workplace accidents.
If you sustain injuries while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, we specialize in personal injury law, and we have helped many construction workers recover compensation after work-site injuries. To speak with a specialist Chicago construction accident lawyer today, give us a call at (800)-985-1819.
Chicago Worksite Accident Injures Four
The Chicago Tribune reports that a steal beam collapsed on a construction site, seriously injuring three workers who were standing on the beam and another who was on the ground nearby. Officials say the workers were connecting the beam approximately 20 feet above ground level when it collapsed. The accident was at the start of the work day, just after 9 a.m.
Emergency workers were quick to respond. They transported two of the workers to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition. Responders rushed another worker to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in critical condition while the last went to Rush University Medical Center.
A spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said two bolts sheered off the beam, which caused its collapse. Workers sustained critical injuries despite taking all safety precautions including being tied to the beams and having safety nets below.
Wife of Injured Construction Worker Files Lawsuit
The Daily Herald reports that the wife of a man who sustained injuries in a construction accident has filed a lawsuit against various operators involved. The man, a mechanical engineer, spent three weeks at a local hospital after a large crane crushed him on a construction site in early December.
The lawsuit primarily targets the crane operator and is seeking substantial damages for the man’s injuries. The applicants believe the defendants did not provide a safe work environment and thus believe they are entitled to damages for negligence and safety oversights.
How Dangerous Are Construction Sites?
Construction site accidents are more common than most people think. According to OSHA, 4,405 people died on the job in 2013, nearly 20 percent of which were construction workers. The leading causes of death on construction sites were electrocution, falls and being struck by an object.
If you or a family member has been injured on a construction site, call Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. We are a team of experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers, and we are ready to take up your case and fight for your right to compensation. We are here to answer any of your questions, so call us today at (800)-985-1819.